15 artists will create the new London Underground posters

London´s underground celebrates its 150 anniversary with
London - APR 22, 2013

As part of the celebrations of London’s Underground 150 anniversary, 15 leading artists have been commissioned to create a series of new posters that will be displayed in the major sites of the London Underground network. The project, titled “15 for 150”, will start in June 2013 and will be on display in 4 central London Stations: Gloucester Road, Southwark, St. Jame’s Park and London Bridge

London´s underground celebrates its 150 anniversary with
© Lawrence Weiner, To See and Be Seen, 1972

Artists like Pablo Bronstein, Melissa Gordon, Sarah Lucas, Goshka Macuga, Gillian Wearing and Lawrence Weiner will participate in the largest series of poster commissions for the London Tube. As part of the project, numbered and signed editions of the print will go on sale in June, created by each artist. The revenues from the sale will be destined to supporting Art on the Underground’s future projects. 

London´s underground celebrates its 150 anniversary with
Cindy Sherman commission in the Gloucester Road Station. London Underground, 2003

The legacy of London Underground is marked with interventions from some of the most renowned names in contemporary and modern art. Cindy Sherman, Man Ray, David Booth, Susan Hiller, Barbara Kruger and Peter Blake, among many others, have designed especially commissioned posters for the network.   

London´s underground celebrates its 150 anniversary with
Jacqueline Poncelet, Rewrap, 2013. Piccadilly Circus Station.

Other projects launched within the 150 anniversary of the Tube, have brought especially commissioned pieces to parts of the Underground network. The two most recent are the interventions of Jacqueline Poncelet and Mark Wallinger.

Poncelet created a set of artworks specifically designed for the ticket hall at the Piccadilly Circus station. The series, titled Rewrap, selects specific patterns from the palette of Edgware Road that are relevant in the context of Piccadilly Circus. The patterns are set in a new context, in relation to the surroundings of the station, highlighting the role of pattern and color in the developed of everyday life. “A pattern not only speaks of other places, but of changes in our culture and the passage of time,” says Poncelet.

London´s underground celebrates its 150 anniversary with
© Mark Wallinger, Labyrinth, 2013 Photograph: Thierry Bal 2013

On the other hand, Wallinger undertook the Tube’s largest commission to date. The series of artworks, titled Labyrinth is made up of 270 different artworks depicting completely different labyrinths in black, white and red. The commission will be displayed on all of the 270 stations of the London Underground. The pieces will be unveiled little by little. In June all of the 270 will be hung in place, just in time for the presentation of the new commissioned posters. 


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