Many people are referring to Tokyo’s metro system as one of the most complex in the world. That may be true, but for me, it was far more comfortable than the one in Paris or Berlin. When you look at the map with all the crossing lines and different colors, it sure looks intimidating. Especially when you visit the city for the first time. And you’re only looking on a 2D drawing. When you try to imagine the map in glorious 3D you’re inevitably confronted with the question of how all these lines exactly run underground.
Takatsugu Kuriyama is a young Tokyo University graduate student who found this interesting as well and tried to give an answer by recreating an accurate three-dimensional model of Tokyo’s lifeline. He connected the little tubes with wire and to make it even more interesting, he managed to let different colored liquids flow through each one of them. That sure makes for a vivid image of Tokyo’s always busy subway. Apart from connection all the tubes and giving stability to the installation, the white wires also represent stations and their stairs. I’m not quite sure about the accuracy of the model. Some lines sure look a lot more like a roller-coaster line. But I have to admit, it’s more spectacular this way.