"Their route down here is a Mondrian of alleys"

Pieter Cornelis Mondrian (1872-1944) was a Dutch painter, known for his contribution to the De Stijl ('the style') art movement, otherwise known as neoplasticism.

This sentence invokes paintings like this one, inspired by Mondrian's style:

Tribute to Mondrian
GNU Free Documentation LicenseTribute to Mondrian - Credit: Husky

The De Stijl movement was an inspiration for the album of the same name by blues-rock band The White Stripes. Frontman Jack White was a fan of the movement, particularly the work of furniture designer Gerrit Rietveld. The album's cover is reminiscent of the simplistic, abstract style. The limited colour palette used by Neoplasticists (red, yellow, blue, black, white, grey) is also thought to have influenced the band's colour scheme of only white, red and black clothing and artwork, as well as their stripped-down, raw sound.

The White Stripes
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeThe White Stripes - Credit: Fabio Venni

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