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.
The Hut Project // 2008
A soothing female voice echoes throughout the London underground. “Please mind the gap between the train and the platform.” It serves as a reminder to be careful where I step. However, there is no calming voice telling me to please mind the art that is displayed on the same tube platform. Launched in 2000, various contemporary artists are commissioned to create works for the underground. These four works I saw in the South Kensington tube station.
Dealing La Bas // 2008
Henrik Håkansson // 2008
Charlie Tweed // 2008
Lucy // The Grey Coat Hospital School // 2013
What better way to commemorate the Tube, London’s underground metro system, than to have school children, inspired by working artists, create works of art to hang below ground in a project titled Tracing the Line. Using the walls of the tube stations as a gallery, these 331 students ranging in age worked together to create pieces to hang in their new exhibition space, the London Underground. How many have you seen?
Anne Harild // Pause // Drawing and collage on paper // 2014
Anne Harild // Cluster // Drawing and collage on paper // 2014
For more information on Tracing the Line visit http://art.tfl.gov.uk/labyrinth/tracing-the-line/