I had my first taste of a spiral escalator in San Francisco back in 2011. Before that, I had no idea that escalators could even be made in curves. Today, I learned that this is no easy feat, and Mitsubishi Electric is basically the only company still making escalators that can make one that’s curved. The image of a curved escalator is so jarring to me because I grew up only seeing straight escalators and the mechanics involved in making one that was curved seemed impossible. But then again, what do I know about escalators, right? Which leads me to this point: Curved escalators are beautiful. Beautiful enough to be subjects themselves in photographs taken by Miha Tamura.

ᔥ Kottke