Have you noticed these yellow pipes? We encounter pipes like this in our daily lives but because of their banality, they are usually overlooked. These are the city’s gas pipes but their complex configurations and layouts intrigue me and always lead me to ask what is the sequence and process of this flow?What is the flow direction? Where does the flows interconnect? Are there any subsystems or bypasses? And what is the result of the flow?
The layout of a piping system is most often conceived simply for reasons of mechanical and practical efficiency (the shortest most direct route). But the rationality of the layout of these systems is generally known only to the select few who understand the purposes of what flows through them and therefore the system seems arbitrary or even illogical to most people who encounter the pipes if only to overlook them.