London Underground reveals largest ever art commission
The London Underground has unveiled its largest ever art commission as part of its 150th anniversary celebrations
‘Labyrinth’ is a series of 270 artworks – one for each of the stations – which consists of a unique black and white design on a 60cm2 enamel panel representing the journeys taken by passengers.
The first 10 works have already been installed in prominent locations at central London stations, and the remaining panels will be installed over the next few months.
The works were created by artist Mark Wallinger who said: ‘The Underground has been part of my life since childhood. It’s surely every artist’s dream to create a permanent work that will be encountered by so many people and this opportunity is especially close to my heart.’
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, spoke about the Underground’s ‘formidable legacy of art’ and said: ‘Some of the best artists around have been able to use the Tube as a starting point for exciting new commissions that add to the passenger experience and underline London’s status as a great world city for culture.’
The London Underground stations which have already had the artwork installed are: Baker Street, Bank, Embankment, Green Park, King’s Cross St Pancras, Oxford Circus, St James’s Park, Tottenham Court Road, Victoria and Westminster.