Piccadilly’s Peccadilloes

Rut Blees Luxemburg

1 June 2007 – 1 November 2007

Part of the following series:

Thin Cities

Piccadilly’s Peccadilloes is a portfolio of images produced by renowned photographer Rut Blees Luxemburg. The images detail the front of twelve classic London Underground stations designed by Charles Holden. Each image focuses on the Underground’s iconic Johnston font, reflected in wet pavement surfaces. The subtle changes in surface and architectural structure that frame the fragmented texts allow the visitor to absorb the essence of Holden’s designs.

Piccadilly’s Peccadilloes continue Blees Luxemburg’s distinctive style, presenting a hauntingly beautiful impression of some of London’s most familiar landmarks. The densely detailed, richly textured glimpses of the buildings have been displayed in a complete circuit around the London Underground ticket hall at Heathrow Terminal 4 station, establishing a gateway through which to enter and leave the city.

Commissioned specially for Heathrow Terminal 4 Tube station, the works are part of Thin Cities – a series of artworks celebrating 100 years of the Piccadilly line.

Visiting Information

Artworks for this project are available to visit at the following stations. Where more detailed visiting information is available, page links have been included in the list below.


  • Arriving at Heathrows terminal four is usually the end to an epic journey for me, and usually I trudge through “just wanting to get home” This time, though, I noticed the photographs around the station and stood, staring for ten minutes [much to my partners annoyance] A great commision. Well done.