|The Google Doodle commemorating|
150 years of the London Underground
You can just make out the letters in the stops
(Mine's in the 'e')
However the Art on the London Underground is one of the very best parts of "the tube" for me.
My small contribution to the birthday party is below. It covers:
- events for the 150th anniversary
- The Art on the Underground - website, mission and project for the 150th
- The Poster Art 150 Exhibition
- poster art from the past
Today 9th January 2013 is the 150th anniversary since the very first Tube journey took place between Paddington and Farringdon on the Metropolitan Railway.
There are a number of events taking place including a steam train running on part of the line next Sunday as part of the heritage steam train trips to commemorate the anniversary. This is a particularly helpful blog post for anybody who wants to see it for themselves.
The first Tube passenger journey will be recreated on Sunday 13 January 2013, with a series of specially restored trains including the Metropolitan Steam Locomotive No.1 and the Metropolitan Railway Jubilee Carriage No 353 - the oldest operational underground carriage in existence - which is being restored with support from the Heritage Lottery FundArt on the Underground - the website
The art on the underground is so well known and so revered that it even has its own website! See http://art.tfl.gov.uk/
It also has a mission statement!
The Art on the Underground mission:There are various projects and events in 2013 to commemorate the 150th anniversary. (Here are some of the projects from the recent past)
Provide a world-class programme of contemporary art that enriches the Tube environment and our customers’ journey experience; and continues the long-standing tradition that excellent art and design is at the core of London Underground's identity and services.
The programme aims to:
- Present the best international contemporary art for our unique audience : our customers, staff and the diverse communities of London
- Strengthen the Tube’s links with the people it serves through a programme that engages our audiences, encourages their participation in, and increases their knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of, contemporary art
- Champion contemporary art by offering the Tube as a unique opportunity to an international range of artists; from those with an established reputation to those at the beginning of promising careers
- Contribute to LU’s artistic and design legacy and the cultural landscape of London through a diverse programme of temporary and permanent art projects
- Grow our reputation and recognition as an important art programme with all our audiences and stakeholders in London, the UK and internationally
One of these includes some new artworks for the Underground. Unlike the posters these are intended to be a lasting legacy. They will join artwork by artists such as Eduardo Paolozzi who designed the mosaic patterned walls of the Tottenham Court Road tube station
|Original art by Eduardo Paolozzi. (Own work) |
[CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], Photo by Sunil060902 via Wikimedia Commons
In 2013 Art on the Underground will present a programme that will include: a major commission by an acclaimed, high profile British artist bringing artworks into every station on the Tube network; a commission with 15 leading contemporary artists to create an image as one in a set of 15 artworks that will be a lasting visual legacy for the Tube’s 150th yearPoster Art 150
Poster Art 150: London's greatest Designs is an exhibition at the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden which opens in February (no specific date as yet on the website) and continues until October. Its aim is to focus on the iconic poster art that has been a feature of London Underground for much of its history
Since its first graphic poster commission in 1908, London Underground has developed a worldwide reputation for commissioning outstanding poster designs, becoming a pioneering patron of poster art - a legacy that continues today. Poster Art 150 will showcase 150 of the best designs which have been chosen by an independent panel. Visitors will be invited to vote for their favourites and the most popular poster will be revealed at the end of the exhibition.
You can browse the posters by theme and by colour. Here are the themes
- Beyond the city (826)
- Entertainment (690) which includes the page for Museums and Galleries
- Events (484)
- London's transport system (1390)
- Open air London (435)
- Sightseeing (497)
- Sport (308)
- Wartime London (208)
- Bus blinds (683)
Here are more posters from ones I've found online in the Wikimedia Commons. I have to confess I'm particularly fond of the ones from the first decades of the 20th century - but also like the more contemporary ones too.
This one makes me think illustrators must have been influenced by the artwork about London - by artists such as Whistler. This one could have been called Blue Nocturne at Battersea!
|"Underground; the moving spirit of London", |
by Thomas Robert Way
Published by Underground Electric Railway Company Ltd, 1910,
Printed by T R Way and Company Ltd, 1910
|The Humours of London No. 5 (1913)|
by Tony Sarg (an American German illustrator)
Caption: All truly great art is refreshing. At the R.A. with the Underground.
Poster for the London Underground includes
a drawing of patrons of the Royal Academy of Arts.
via Wikimedia Commons
Poster in LT shop
|By Horace Taylor 1881–1934. |
Print by The Dangerfield Printing Co. Ltd., London.
[Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons