David Chatting, December 2007

train_clock shows how the "shape" of the UK changes over the day with the coming and going of trains from Ipswich. Each of the "stars" is a different town, where its size reflects the population. As time passes towns move closer as a train is about to arrive and spring back when it leaves. The hands on the outer ring display the time. When shown the rings indicate distance in time, one ring per hour from Ipswich.

This uses real timetable data from one day in October 2007.

This is a Curiosity Collective project extending my previous work, Ipswich-to-Everywhere, which distorted the UK according to driving times from Ipswich. I have been influenced by many things and particularly by conversations with Tom Carden and Matthew Hockenberry.

An animation of this was shown at the Key Arts Video Showcase and this is available on youtube. There is also an album of images on flickr.

train_clock was developed in Java and Processing. The source code is available here: train_clock.pde.