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National Anthem film poster made by me
A man who can ‘taste’ words has created a flavour map of the London Underground network after visiting every stop during a 49 year project.
James Wannerton has synaesthesia, a neurological condition that links senses which are normally experienced separately. The map is now being used by researchers to help understand the link between word formations and the tastes synaesthetes experience.
As an example, Baker Street in central London is one of the ‘tastiest stops,’ says Mr. Wannerton:
Baker Street is lovely. The best way to describe it is crusty and sweet, like jam ropy-poly but slightly burnt. It has got loads of different tastes and textures. I love getting out there.
San Francisco-based artist Jeremy Mann lives and works in San Francisco where he executes these sublime, moody cityscapes using oil paints. To create each work he relies on a wide range of techniques including surface staining, the use of solvents to wipe away paint, and the application of broad, gritty marks with an ink brayer. The resulting paintings are dark and atmospheric, urban streets seemingly drenched in rain and mystery.