Another surprise discovery in London recently – numbered mazes found at Tube stations. This one’s at Victoria.
It’s another Art on the Underground initiative called Labyrinth, which was commissioned for The Tube’s 150th anniversary in 2013. The project also has its own section on the Art on the Underground’s website, where you can find the location of each maze.
Here’s the first one I found… at Edgware Road.
A surprise find on a disused platform at Gloucester Road Tube station recently – you can find out more here.
How wonderful to find this poster advertising an exhibition which celebrates the Johnston Typeface.
The typeface was commissioned in 1913 by Frank Pick, the Commercial Manager of the then Underground Electric Railways Company of London.
As you can see by the adjacent poster, this iconic typeface is still in use on the Tube today.
The fantastic website 150 great things about the underground has lots more about the platform murals at Charing Cross.
Toro at Victoria tube station, Circle & District Line judging by the stripe above the station name; a Friday Bench on March 11th 2011
Occasionally I get a Press Release which piques my interest. At first I didn’t think that was the case with ‘Forest’ exhibit celebrates Robin Day’s Centenary; after all, I thought it was about a different Robin Day, not the designer.
Then quite by chance I decided to read it rather than hitting the delete button like I usually do. Towards the end I found his work included iconic furniture for the Royal Festival Hall and several benches.
Woodro at Southfields tube station, District Line; a Friday Bench on September 3rd 2010
Could I have included them as a Friday Bench? I embarked on a quest to find them and as you can see from the photos, the answer is yes.
Centro at Regent’s Park tube station, Bakerloo line; a Friday Bench on December 14th 2013
The supplier’s website also shows Centro, another Robin Day design destined for tighter spaces, and as you can see, I’ve featured that as a Friday Bench too 🙂
Looking through my Benches archive, I’m struck at the immense variety in this simple item of public furniture. The materials used, the budget available, the brief given by the client and the designer’s vision combine to provide quite different responses to something we take for granted whenever we need to pause or rest.