The Routes of The Underground Cathedral is an ongoing project which has been developed during a period of more than thirty years.
It began as a diagrammatic study of the first known sophisticated signs of life on earth, which are found on the floor of the ocean. Eventually a connection was drawn between these forms and the mappings of underground subway systems. The aesthetic exploration of these maps throughout the world became a study of cultural diversity and universal truths. This led to a personal exploration of the other world of underground landscapes during travels from Frederick Abrams’ native home of southern California where during his childhood what was the largest commuter train system in the world had been controversially dismantled. This resulted in a long journey as Abrams lived in New York City, Paris, Barcelona and Poland between 1987 and 2012 where he witnessed, participated in and documented historical transformations from the merging of the European Union to the collapse of the Soviet Union.
An article documenting The Underground Cathedral by Samuel Merrill has recently been published in London, in the book, “Going Underground: New Perspectives.”
The color coded lines to the left will take one on Abrams’ long personal journey through subterranean worlds. Clicking on the light blue line opens up an interactive transcription of a broadcasted interview on France Culture Radio, which details how this project has continued to evolve since its inception, in media ranging from the traditional craft of stained and leaded glass to CAD design, photography, computer graphics, music and film.