Labyrinth – Mark Wallinger

A unique artwork at every station to celebrate 150 years of the Tube

A dynamic programme of events, activities and initiatives are underway throughout 2013 to accompany Labyrinth.

  • Explore labyrinth across the Tube’s 33 boroughs
  • Share your journeys in the Tube Challenge
  • For schools and families, Learning offers a wealth of creative ideas to inspire, in the classroom and on the Tube
  • Transporter –  a series of new artworks by Harold Offeh and young people from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
  • Events – a series of talks, tours and workshops with an eclectic mix of partner organisations
  • Watch other people’s reactions to Labyrinth and leave your own comments

Artwork at Tottenham Court Road station removed for safekeeping whilst building works take place

Comments

posted by: Neil Lewis on 22 June 2014 at 10:54 am

Here I am searching ’round maze’ and ‘circular maze’ and finally I found this. Nice work.

posted by: Nick Tanner on 9 June 2014 at 7:06 am

Perivale now installed, number 26, bottom of stairs leading to platforms, that’s all 270 now bagged!

Nick

posted by: Sue Monsell on 4 June 2014 at 6:44 am

Fantastic. All now listed, except tail-end-charlie Perivale.

posted by: Sue Monsell on 28 May 2014 at 10:11 am

Gosh. It’s taking a long, long time to get these last seven up.
Any chance of any news as to when?

    posted by: Redleader on 28 May 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Thank you for your interest Sue, great to hear from keen Labyrinth followers. We are very close to install but awaiting some essential permissions for the final few. Please look out for our messages via twitter, facebook and we’ll post an update message when we have more information – but shouldn’t be long now!

posted by: Nick Tanner on 12 May 2014 at 11:09 pm

although it’s not listed here Wimbledon now has its Labyrinth (number 120) I make it 8 left to be installed, they are:
North Ealing (19)
West Acton (22)
Perivale (26)
Loughton (160)
Brent Cross (182)
East Finchley (211)
Richmond (257)
Acton Town (259)

Nick

posted by: duncan on 9 May 2014 at 5:37 am

The Wimbledon labyrinth was installed yesterday :-)

posted by: Sue Monsell on 8 May 2014 at 9:30 am

Only ten more to make their way onto this listing, which hasn’t changed now for several weeks.
Is there any news on when -when – when?

posted by: Chris Weaver, Station Supervisor, Central Line on 29 April 2014 at 8:15 am

The Labyrinth collection was such an unique and inspiring way to celebrate our 150th anniversary. I’d never heard of ‘Sound Art’ before the Staff and Children arrived at Hainault to record samples for Tracing the Line – http://art.tfl.gov.uk/labyrinth/tracing%20the%20line/

Fascinating. Well done all!

posted by: Mick Tarrant on 17 April 2014 at 6:36 am

Nice to see my local station, Heathrow T 5, now has it’s Labyrinth. We just need to sort the Network Rail stations now and we should have a full set at last. Enjoy.

posted by: Sue Monsell on 16 April 2014 at 12:25 pm

As at 16.04.14 it seems to be that there are only 15 No. Labyrinths still to be installed.
They are: Acton Town, Balham, Brent Cross, East Finchley, Heathrow Terminal 5, Kensington (Olymia), Kew Gardens, Loughton, North Ealing, Perivale, Queen’s Park, Richmond, West Acton, Willesden Junction & Wimbledon.
Really looking forward to the completion of this project.

posted by: Nick Tanner on 2 April 2014 at 9:55 am

Good to see Cannon Street and Euston Square now have their Labyrinths, that completes Zone 1, off to get them now

Nick

posted by: Geoff Marshall on 17 March 2014 at 8:53 pm

Good news! The labyrinth at Edgware Road (Bakerloo) is back. There are also new ones up at Uxbridge and Ruislip Manor.

Bad news! The one at Whitechapel has gone missing – anyone seen it? Or had it been taken down as part of preparations for the upcoming temporary ticket office change here due to Crossrail works …. ?

    posted by: louise coysh on 2 April 2014 at 8:19 am

    Hi Geoff

    Whitechapel is in safe hands and will be restored soon once works are complete.

posted by: Stephen Atkins on 6 March 2014 at 8:34 pm

What has happened to the app? All I get is a red cross and nothing to download!

    posted by: louise coysh on 2 April 2014 at 8:21 am

    The App is for iPhones only – we’ll check this!

posted by: Deb McD on 31 January 2014 at 4:21 pm

We were just talking about this project and how wonderful it is. Waiting patiently for our labyrinth at Kew Gardens Station.

posted by: Nick Tanner on 28 January 2014 at 7:47 pm

I notice that the 270 labyrinths are spread over 11 different “design families” what is the story behind these different designs? also when is Wimbledon going to get its labyrinth?

cheers Nick

    posted by: louise coysh on 2 April 2014 at 8:24 am

    Download the TEacher’s Pack in Learning section for info on the design families. Wimbledon is a non-LU station so things aa little more complex but we’re getting there!

posted by: Geoff Marshall on 23 January 2014 at 12:08 pm

So, I’ve been going out and spotting a lot of these, and am well over halfway there now – love how tricky Morden is for example, and St. John’s Wood too – not easy finds! If anyone wants additional help, I’ve got a list on my website here:

http://www.geofftech.co.uk/tube/labyrinth.html

posted by: duncan on 11 January 2014 at 10:35 am

What’s the long-term plan with these? I make it about 27 stations still not listed here as having labyrinths; will they end up getting labyrinths installed? Was this just a temporary project for 2013 and the existing ones will be removed soon, or will they all stay in place for a while?

Here’s the ones I’ve seen so far: http://duncan99.wordpress.com/2013/11/06/london-underground-labyrinths/

    posted by: louise coysh on 24 January 2014 at 3:37 pm

    We’re nearly there – a few more complicated station sites to tie up. The artworks are a permanent marker of the 150th anniversary of the Tube

posted by: Sue Monsell on 8 January 2014 at 3:43 pm

Yesterday (7th Jan.) I visited Edgware Road (Bakerloo) but found no Labyrinth. I expected to see No. 56, which has been on this list of Labyrinths installed since July. Can you please advise as to when it will be installed?

Also, any clues as to when the remaining 30 No. will be installed?

I do hope you can take the time to respond to my queries.

    posted by: louise coysh on 2 April 2014 at 8:25 am

    We’ve made good progress and now have around 260 Labyrinths installed – watch this space for the final few

posted by: Chris London on 3 December 2013 at 8:08 pm

Please can you update the map.
I have found #45 at North Wembley.Not listed above !

posted by: Keith Mason on 13 November 2013 at 11:11 pm

I visited the London Transport Museum yesterday and it set me thinking about Mark’s series of Labyrinths. I wondered whether Mark would produce a special Labyrinth (or a collage of all 270 Labyrinths) to be installed at the London Transport Museum or at its Acton Depot. This could form part of a permanent display at the Museum to commemorate Mark’s work at each Underground station.

posted by: Cliff on 16 October 2013 at 9:09 am

I personally think the Transporter escalator art at Notting Hill Gate is really good and the way it is seamless is really good too.

posted by: Chris E on 15 October 2013 at 12:20 pm

I love the artwork, very unique. Also good get an understanding of where the artist got his inspiration from and the concept of the pieces themselves. A fine project for a great celebration.

posted by: Margaret, teacher on 15 October 2013 at 11:02 am

I’m always on the look-out for projects and competitions for our children to enter. Primarily to give them opportunities to express and represent their local and related environments. Labyrinth was particularly relevant as the London Underground is our life-line for school journeys to places of interest that enrich the curriculum. But also to inspire children to travel with their families to new places. Cost prohibits us using coaches, as you know travel for children on the underground is free! and safe as staff always accompany groups on and off the trains and escalators.
The Labyrinth teachers’ project pack was invaluable to introduce and put the competition into context of the underground in general. The children were able to participate post Y6 Sats. They enjoyed both the creative aspects of the project and opportunities for independent research about history of the London Underground and labyrinths and of course the work of Mark Wallanger and other artists past and present who have created artworks of London. Hopefully it has inspired them to continue!

posted by: Orion on 10 October 2013 at 3:23 pm

Hi I don’t often use the underground but I came across a Labyrinth today at my local station Clapham North on my way home to the Larkhall Triangle. 111 was the number which I found interesting being that a triangle has 3 sides, as well as it possibly symbolising a picture of a “maze of the mind” which could be referencing the illuminati and the quest for the Holy grail?… Or just the maze of the underground! Lol

posted by: Sue Monsell on 4 October 2013 at 7:09 am

Can this list be updated please? — & any news of a completion date yet? — will they all be installed in 2013? — Thank you.

    posted by: louise coysh on 15 October 2013 at 11:04 am

    There are now 200 station artworks installed across the network and new photographs on the Northern, Central and District lines. The final few are in progress – ewhat this space for more updates soon!

posted by: Nick on 3 October 2013 at 8:06 pm

I have been trying to download the Labyrinth web app for 6 months. Is it still not available ? How does it work ?

    posted by: louise coysh on 7 October 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Hello, the App is available to download but its only compatiable for iPhone and iPads only. Hope that helps, AOTU

posted by: Sue Monsell on 19 August 2013 at 11:12 am

Is this going to be updated any time soon or have we reached stagnation point?

    posted by: louise coysh on 20 August 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Installations will recommence from 27 August.

posted by: Jonathan Miller on 22 July 2013 at 3:48 pm

Labyrinth enthusiasts might be interested to come to Saffron Walden in N.E. Essex, the only town in the UK to have two mazes – an ancient turf labyrinth and a Victorian hedge maze. Both are about to be celebrated, together with a multitude of other temporary mazes in the Saffron Walden Maze Festival from 16 to 19 August. Details on http://www.saffronwaldenmazefestival.co.uk

posted by: Art on the Underground on 9 July 2013 at 4:28 pm

New Labyrinths at Amersham, Kensal Green and North Acton. Encountered a Labyrinth on your travels? Upload your portraits with your favourite Labyrinth to our Tube Challenge page!

posted by: Art on the Underground on 8 July 2013 at 3:02 pm

New Labyrinths installed on the Bakerloo, Metropolitan and Central lines – Check out the map and search the list for more information.

posted by: Edward Oliver Greer on 15 June 2013 at 9:16 am

When are some more artworks going to be put up? We’ve found them all so far: http://lulabyrinth.com/our-finds/

    posted by: louise coysh on 17 June 2013 at 9:08 am

    Keep an eye out for the end of June. If you have photos of your labyrinth finds please post them on our Tube Challenge page!

posted by: Mick Cavendish, Station Supervisor Bank Station on 14 June 2013 at 3:41 pm

Art is about looking and looking again – thinking about a subject and not having it explained to you. Something like this is thoughtful and insightful.

posted by: Art on the Underground on 23 May 2013 at 3:45 pm

Finsbury Park is now on the map (technical hitch) and Stockwell artwork is installed on Platform 2.

posted by: Pixie Pelia on 15 May 2013 at 2:47 pm

I spotted a labyrinth at Finsbury Park station but it’s not marked on this map, and at Stockwell the staff told me there’s no labyrinth however it’s marked on the map in this page. This means the map isn’t up to date, which could cause frustration for serious labyrinth spotters. Could we have a more up to date labyrinth map please?

posted by: James Straffon on 15 May 2013 at 2:46 pm

We positively encourage the democratisation of art, and also its accessibility outside of the gallery environment. To that end, projects such as Labyrinth reach out to an enormous, and diverse, demographic. The essence of the piece can locate the power of art in the minds of millions. And at the same time, having ‘our’ piece of Labyrinth provides a galvanising sense of community. Many thanks to all those involved in making this artwork a reality.

Turnpike Art Group

http://www.turnpikeartgroup.co.uk/2013/04/Mark-Wallinger-Labyrinth.html

posted by: Art on the Underground on 15 May 2013 at 9:28 am

Pleased to say Clapham Common is back on track!

posted by: Labyrinth Spotter on 9 April 2013 at 8:40 pm

I think Clapham Common has gone into a bit of a black hole as it is way out of numbering sequence with Clapham North and Clapham South. So if you can’t find the plaque to fit at Oakwood you could try going and checking the one at Clapham Common :)

posted by: Nick on 3 April 2013 at 10:23 am

The striking artwork at Bounds Green just went up, right next to the Control Room window and is getting lots of inquisitive stares from commuters!

posted by: Kathy on 27 March 2013 at 10:28 am

Just spotted a Labyrinth at Walthamstow. Does that mean the Victoria line is getting all their plaques??

posted by: Jonathan Miller on 16 March 2013 at 1:28 pm

Fascinating programme. I look forward to noticing faces of my fellow travellers turning from daydream to curiosity as they encounter the labyrinths. I also live in Saffron Walden, home of an ancient turf labyrinth and also a hedge maze and look forward to the faces of young and old as they explore a multitude of mazes created specially for the second Saffron Walden Maze Festival, 16 to 19 August this year.

posted by: Jaslien Singh on 13 March 2013 at 7:21 pm

Thank you

posted by: Anton Manickam on 12 March 2013 at 2:39 am

Art is antidote to boredom.

posted by: Drew on 10 March 2013 at 9:41 am

Brilliant idea and loved the Culture Show special.

posted by: Brian Greed on 8 March 2013 at 10:50 am

Love the designs – we use a similar ‘maze’ pattern for our Rock Band logo!

posted by: Jonathan on 7 March 2013 at 4:06 pm

Just seen the culture show programme, great to see thought provoking art on the tube. Are you considering selling posters to the public for a station that personally means something special

posted by: paul on 7 March 2013 at 12:14 pm

The description says that the design at each station is "…representing the journey through the network taken by millions of individuals each year from that place.". Meaning what, exactly? That the design is some kind of infographic based on which lines people take? Or is it simply a random labyrinth? Would really appreciate an explanation.

posted by: Ed on 7 March 2013 at 10:39 am

Really nice work. Bit of shame Wallinger makes no reference to Alan Fletchers ‘Maze’ at Warren Street

posted by: Barbara Wilcox on 7 March 2013 at 8:49 am

I was mystified and delighted by the labyrinth at Embankment when I came across it at the weekend. I live close to the beautiful and historic turf labyrinth at Saffron Walden, which will be a focus for the second Saffron Walden Maze Festival in August (most historic labyrinths in England are known as mazes – we also have a puzzle hedge maze here). Labyrinths hold so many meanings and are such an interesting choice for this project. With a labyrinth, you can always reach your destination, just like the Underground.

posted by: salima hashmi on 26 February 2013 at 6:49 am

The introduction to this artwork is totally fascinating. I was also overcome by nostalgia having been a regular traveler on the Underground in the 60s and now living in Lahore, my home. I miss it at odd moments like now. Can’t wait to pay a visit!

posted by: Leah Carol Reichman on 26 February 2013 at 4:28 am

It reminds me of Stonehenge, the circular structure, like London itself

posted by: Pantelis Papazoglou on 18 February 2013 at 11:56 am

Labyrinth, I found to be very inspiring. Reminds me of the ‘labyrinth’ of the ear. We get inside the Tube from one side, as sound does with the human ear and get out at another. In this sense, every Tube station is to London a means of hearing what is happening in the street life, while the Underground itself resembles the mind of the city. Everyone there is lost in reveries or thinks of moments gone or things to come. So complicated and so simple at the same time. With so much importance and none altogether. You are afraid if you miss the train or your destination, while sometimes you just wish for this to happen. So quite but so noisy. It’s quite an experience.

posted by: Di Williams on 18 February 2013 at 9:51 am

As the UK’s leading labyrinth trainer I am delighted with this project exposing so many to this beautiful, contemplative archetype. Thank you.

posted by: Art on the Underground on 14 February 2013 at 5:06 pm

Thanks for your post Fay, the artworks will be gradually installed in stations as the year progresses, keep an eye on our website for further announcements. Thanks, Art on the Underground

posted by: Fay Shepherd on 13 February 2013 at 8:21 pm

How will we know when Labyrinth has been installed at each station on the network ?


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Artworks are currently installed at the following stations