Crossword (Snow Hill-St Georges)

Alec Finlay

Metro Route: Birmingham - Wolverhampton, 2005

Alec Finlay was commissioned as part of the Platforms programme Metro Route: Birmingham - Wolverhampton.

The publication Crossword (Snowhill-St George’s) is a poetic Word Map of that same journey and takes the form of a cryptic crossword, with each clue and answer relating to a station, stop or place along the transit route between two industrial centres.

Accompanying the publication, four specially designed posters were sited in advertising spaces along the route that also held clues to the crossword.

It was produced by Finlay working in collaboration with a local historian and The Guardian crossword setter Sandy Balfour, to collect words and clues relevant to a particular area, and which were available on the Metro trains throughout September 20015.