The comission will feature artworks in each of the 270 Underground stations.

Mark Wallinger´s art commission for London Underground
London - FEB 08, 2013

With the visión of providing "World Class Art for a World Class Tube", Art on the Underground has comissioned a very ambicious project to the artist Mark Wallinger to celebrate de 150th anniversary of London's underground. The project titled Labyrinth, will include 270 different artworks that share the same graphic language based on a simple but bold color scheme made up of red, black, and white, each one showing its own circular labyrinth. 

For the artist, the labyrinth is the perfect analogy of the millions of journeys that are made every day across the Underground. Each artwork will be placed on a different location inside each station, to provoke the curiosity of the travelers and tempt them to find each one. Furthermore, the tactile quality of the pieces, made of a vitreous enamel, invites the viewer to interact with the piece, by tracing the path from the red 'X' that marks its entrance to the end with a finger.

On February 7th, 10 of the 270 pieces were unveiled in the central stations of the Underground network. The rest of the pieces will be revealed in the first 6 months of 2013, completing the permanent installation in the summer. 

Website: Art on the Underground


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Image: Mark Wallinger, Labyrinth (detail), 2013. Commissioned by Art on the Underground / LUL. © the artist. Courtesy Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London.

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