Pablo Bronstein meditates on Baroque clocks and time travel for new pocket Tube map

By Richard Moss | 01 June 2015

The new Tube map cover is launched today, with Pablo Bronstein the lucky artist getting his artwork in front of 12 million pairs of eyes

a photo of a hannd taking a Tube Map out of a holder
Pablo Bronstein's new tube map cover will be printed on 12 million copies© Art on the Underground
One of the most widely viewed art commissions in the world, Transport for London’s pocket Tube map, has launched its new artist-designed cover today with a Pablo Bronstein artwork called Design for a Magnificent London Underground Grand Pendulum in gilt Bronze.

TfL’s official art programme, Art on the Underground, commissioned the London-based Argentinian artist to create the cover, which features an opulent baroque gold clock perched provocatively atop a London tube tunnel.

With 12 million copies scheduled to be printed and thousands now in circulation, the map is doubtless already helping commuters and visitors to the capital find everything from an alternative to the Northern Line to the best way to Buckingham Palace.

Tube travellers may even find time to ponder Bronstein’s artwork, which offers  a clever juxtaposition of 18th Century ornate design and the progressive ideals of the 19th Century urban architecture of the Underground.

“A clock is an extremely complicated object that has a wealth of accumulated scientific knowledge," says Bronstein, whose works often references Baroque designs.

“For this commission I began to think of the Tube network as a similarly complicated machine in which the different parts need to be working as a whole.

“The clock I have drawn is rather theatrical, and I wanted it to contrast with the practical Modern design frequently used on the underground.”

It is the second clock-themed piece of public transport related artwork in London in as many weeks, following Cornelia Parker's giant clock creation for St Pancras Station.

a photo of a tube map cover design with a clock sat atop a tube tunnel
Pablo Bronstein's Tube map cover © Art on the Underground / TfL
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