The image above was taken from Pinterest, and was photographed by Jeff Morley.
I decided to look at Gloucester Road Tube station as it was one of the examples given to us by Pip. I was unaware of the arches they have and they often commission artists to produce art work, so it livens up the tube station and there is something to look at.
The image above is different to other art works that have been produced for the arches over the years. I then decided to look online and see an ‘About’ section on the Transport For London, where it gives specific information about the history and the general public are scene now.
It was interesting to find out that London Underground has been one of London’s most consistent and pioneering public sector patrons of the arts due to a commitment to the arts and excellence in design led by Frank Pick, Managing Director in the early 20th Century. Numerous artists, designers and craftspeople have been in every aspect of its architecture, poster design, train livery and upholstery as well as its site specific art commissions in stations.
Art On The Underground…
Their aim is to present contemporary art for their unique audience, which is ther customers, staff, and diverse communities of London. I think this is a really impressive outlook to have as there are a lot of diverse and cultural people in London, and also very unique individuals that express themselves through art, so with having it in the community it is like a sense of bringing people together.
The public art is there for a severe purpose, to engage audiences, ‘re-imagining spaces’, and ‘changing the way we experience the city’. The projects built on London Underground are often temporary projects, along with permanent with a diverse programme.
Champion contemporary art in London – reflecting the global city with a global audience – working with artists from around the world; from those with an established reputation to those at the beginning of promising careers.
London Underground established Art on the Underground in 2000 initially under the title Platform for Art, with the purpose of producing and presenting new artworks that enrich the journeys of millions on the Tube every day.
From single site large-scale commissions at sites such as Gloucester Road Station, to pocket size commissions for the cover of the Tube map, Art on the Underground has commissioned a roll-call of the best artists in the last 14 years, maintaining art as a central element of Transport for London’s identity and engaging passengers and staff in a strong sense of shared ownership.
For London Underground’s 150th Anniversary in 2013, Art on the Underground commissioned Turner Prize winning artist Mark Wallinger to create Labyrinth, a permanent artwork for each of the 270 stations on the network.
2014 has seen the launch of Art on the Underground’s first project on the river, with a commission by Clare Woods for TfL’s London River Services, a new Gloucester Road commission, An English Landscape by Trevor Paglen and The Palace that Joan Built by Mel Brimfield and Gwyneth Herbert a major work responding to the legacy of Joan Littlewood at Stratford station.