Massimo Vignelli

Detail of updated NYC Subway map, 2008

in conversation with Ezra Pound’s “In a Station of the Metro”

Video on Massimo Vignelli’s design for the NYC Subway, courtesy of Vanity Fair.

“a wet, black bough”
— Ezra Pound, “In a Station of the Metro”

Massimo Vignelli

NYC Subway map, 1972

in conversation with Ezra Pound’s “In a Station of the Metro”

Vignelli x Pound

Ezra Pound

In a Station of the Metro, 1926

The apparition of these faces in the crowd;

Petals on a wet, black bough.

Le Corbusier

Chapelle Notre-Dame-du-Haut, 1954

in conversation with Wallace Stevens’ “The Idea of Order at Key West”

“It was her voice that made / The sky acutest at its vanishing.”
Wallace Stevens, “The Idea of Order at Key West”

Le Corbusier

Chapelle Notre-Dame-du-Haut, 1954

in conversation with Wallace Stevens’ “The Idea of Order at Key West”

Le Corbusier

Sketch for Chapelle Notre-Dame-du-Haut, 1954

in conversation with Wallace Stevens’ “The Idea of Order at Key West”

“The maker’s rage to order words of the sea, / Words of the fragrant portals, dimly-starred”
— Wallace Stevens, “The Idea of Order at Key West”