Mark Wallinger marks 150th anniversary of London Underground with labyrinths

By Culture24 Reporter | 08 February 2013
A photo of people in motion walking past a black artwork of a labyrinth in an underground
© Mark Wallinger, courtesy Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London. Photo: Thierry Bal 2013
A circular miniature labyrinth, curving in black lines on white vitreous enamel, will be installed at every London Underground station in a new commission, created by Mark Wallinger, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the tube.

Each of the 270 stop-offs will be given one of the panels, designed by the artist to represent the complexities of the map and the simplicity of entering and leaving.

A photo of a black design for a labyrinth hanging on the wall within an underground
© Mark Wallinger, courtesy Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London. Photo: Thierry Bal 2013
Ten central stations, including King’s Cross St Pancras and Westminster, have become the first to receive their artwork. The permanent installation will adorn the entire network by the end of the summer as part of the Art on the Underground series.

“The Underground has been part of my life since childhood,” reflected Wallinger.

“It’s surely every artist’s dream to create a permanent work that will be encountered by so many people. This opportunity is especially close to my heart.

“The journeys we take on the Underground are unique to each of us. I hope Labyrinth can perhaps reflect that individual yet universal experience.”

More pictures:


A photo of a black labyrinth design within a white frame on a wall of small black dots
© Mark Wallinger, courtesy Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London. Photo: Thierry Bal 2013
A photo of a black labyrinth design within a white frame hanging on an underground wall
© Mark Wallinger, courtesy Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London. Photo: Thierry Bal 2013
A photo of a woman tracing a black ink drawing of a labyrinth on a wall with her finger
© Mark Wallinger, courtesy Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London. Photo: Thierry Bal 2013
A photo of an artist tracing the circular design of a black labyrinth in a wall-framed artwork
© Mark Wallinger, courtesy Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London. Photo: Thierry Bal 2013
A photo of people walking past a piece of artwork framed on an underground wall
© Mark Wallinger, courtesy Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London. Photo: Thierry Bal 2013
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