Labyrinth 68/270 // Mark Salinger // 2013 // vitreous enamel on steel plate, powder coated black frame
If you take the tube, have you noticed the mazes located on the platform? Have you wondered what they are for? I have. However, I have recently learned that they are part of the art on the tube, a project designed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the London underground. Artist Mark Salinger created 270 of these mazes or labyrinths and can be found in every tube station in the city. Visitors are encouraged to find their way through the labyrinth starting with the little red “X.” The labyrinth symbolizes a person’s journey on the tube, a maze of lines and paths that eventually take you to where you need to be.
On a wall outside Borough Market in London hangs a chalkboard with chalk. Written on the board is the phrase “Before I die I want to ______.” People are encouraged to pick up a piece of chalk and write down what they want to do. One person said they want to “pass their driving test,” while another individual said they want to “save a life.” So, what do you want to do before you die?
Do you like art? Do you like puzzles? Well if you answered yes to both of those questions, the puzzling art at Brick Lane Market is perfect for you. On various street lamps sit five crates with images on each side. One crate has feet, one has legs, two have bodies and the final crate has a head. When you rotate each crate you can create a different person. These are the three I designed.