A permanent artwork has been unveiled inside the waiting rooms at Sudbury Town tube station, featuring restyled maps of the surrounding areas, highlighting local landmarks from the past and present.
Maps are a recurrent feature in Scottish-born, Belgium-based artist Lucy McKenzie’s practice – which she describes as being “an art form obliged to express data, connected to a specific time and place and combining reality with the imaginative”.
For the tube station murals, McKenzie studied the historical advertising material in the TfL archives and has referenced the work of Herry Perry (Harriet Perry) and RP Gossop.
She chose Sudbury Town station, a historic, listed building designed by Charles Holden in 1931, for the artwork due to the large size of the waiting rooms to work with, and the art evokes a pre-Beck style of map design that would have been familiar to the first users of the tube station. The maps look like they’ve been there for decades and could be from when the station opened, but then look closer and see lots of details that didn’t exist back in the 1930s.
The maps also cleverly incorporate the existing ceiling lights in a design which echoes the original Modernist lamps on the platforms.
The commission was arranged by Art on the Underground, and is titled Pleasure’s Inaccuracies.
There is also a temporary related display of large billboards on the platforms and posters installed on a heritage kiosk in the station, which will be on display until November 2021.
There is also an architectural model of the station used when commissioning the artwork which will remain on permanent display.
It was due to be unveiled earlier this year, but was delayed due to you know what.