Mark Wallinger - Labyrinth
03 May 2013
Art on the Underground is an initiative run by Transport for London with the aim of providing a world-class programme of contemporary art, enriching the Tube environment and the journey experience of its passengers. One of their latest projects is ‘Labyrinth’, a huge collection of 270 artworks by Mark Wallinger which will be installed in every one of the tube’s 270 stations. Through this project, the artist was looking to forge a strong connection with the tube’s rich history of graphic language. With this in mind, Labryinth takes inspiration from two iconic London Underground symbols; the roundel and Harry Beck’s Tube map, which are then combined with mythic, biographical and contemporary references. At the heart of the commission lies the ancient symbol of the labyrinth, representing a spiritual journey in many different traditions across the globe. For Wallinger, the labyrinth is a fitting analogy for the millions of journeys that are made across the Tube network every day. Each artwork is created in black, white and red enamel, the same material used for signs throughout London Underground, and includes a small red X signalling viewers to enter the pathway ...