For this 22nd edition of the Pocket Tube Map, Art on the Underground has commissioned London-based Argentinian artist Pablo Bronstein to create a cover, which has been printed on 12 million copies.
The artwork, entitled Design for a magnificent London Underground Grand Pendulum in gilt bronze, depicts a Tube tunnel entrance embellished with a Baroque-inspired clock. The artwork places 18th Century ornate design against the progressive ideals of the 19th Century urban architecture of the Underground, where form is dictated by function. Clocks have long served as objects of celebration for important events and Bronstein’s piece playfully reflects on the Tube itself, celebrating the experience of time and travel.
Bronstein’s wider practice is a homage to period design, particularly 18th Century neo-classicism and 20th Century postmodernism. Drawing, sculpture and performance explore ideas and possibilities for existing spaces and buildings. Ornate drawings feature real and imagined structures and sculptural works depict architectural fragments that often function as props in live works.