01 Nov 2005
London Underground Pocket Tube Map
Platform for Art is pleased to announce that internationally acclaimed British artist David Shrigley has designed the latest cover of the London Underground pocket Tube map. The work is the third in a new series of artworks commissioned by Platform for Art. London Underground has a long-established tradition of working with artists of the highest calibre and since 2000 its Platform for Art programme has been continuing this tradition through many projects around the network.
Shrigley’s new image, an abstract tangle made up of the same coloured lines used on the Tube map itself, immediately references this iconic map. In typical Shrigley style, it takes the coloured lines and feeds them through his endlessly imaginative, creative mind and then serves them up as a simple chaotic scribble like a plate of exploding spaghetti. In this bright, anarchic and humorous work, Shrigley has subverted the reassuring order of the Underground map and turned it into a wriggling, teeming fiesta, echoing the absurd confusion of one of his comic characters when confronted by an extensive travel network.
Platform for Art Curator, Tamsin Dillon said: “This series of commissions for the Tube-map cover celebrates the superb quality and range of work being produced by established artists working today and continues London Underground’s tradition as a patron of the arts. I was delighted when David Shrigley accepted this commission: he has produced a funny, instantly recognisable work that will amuse anyone who uses one of the maps.”
David Shrigley’s artwork will appear on the Pocket Tube Map cover from November 2005, transforming this handy leaflet into an artist’s multiple edition.
The Tube map cover will be Shrigley’s second commission for Platform for Art; he also produced a billboard commission for Gloucester Road Underground Station in 2003. Both projects were initiated by Platform for Art curator Tamsin Dillon.
The Tube map will have a print run of five million and will be the third in the series. The first – You Are Here by Emma Kay – proved extremely successful, with the entire print run disappearing in record time, turning millions of London Underground customers into collectors in the space of a few weeks. The second, featuring an image by Gary Hume, was distributed last June and has proved to be equally as popular.