Statistics show, that people travelling on the London underground have a lower emotional, tired state, than people travelling by foot. This gives the impression that the outdoors can in fact increase ones happiness (University study in America).
The London underground is filled with many different cultures, lifestyles and backgrounds. There are a wide variety of people that use the underground, such as tourists and families, but the majority that you would see are stereotypically London business personnel. These particular people have become “trapped” within their day-to-day routine, traveling to and from work.
“London underground is the most widely used transport in the UK (apart from travel by car) meaning that loads of people visit the tube everyday”
The National Trust offers the chance to escape this routine and explore the world beyond their mundane lifestyles. Our project works towards bringing the outside inside, to those who miss out on the enjoyable aspect of nature. The main idea from this installation is to reconnect people with the blissfulness, and enjoyable aspect of nature that the national trust can offer, but integrating this within their everyday lives.
The concept of this installation is to bring the nature, and integrate this within a series of carriages of the underground trains; bringing grass for the floor, using park benches as seats and sounds of the outside (birds, wind etc.). The reason for this is to increase emotional stability for these particular London workers, breaking them away from their everyday routine, but also advertising the pleasurable characteristic of nature, promoting the outdoors; suggesting for them to visit a national trust location.
When concerning themes for each carriage, when entering a tunnel or when you are travelling at night, the inside of the carriage become a nighttime theme, including fairy lights on the ceiling, giving the audience the impression of stargazing; one of the activities the national trust can offer.