Every so often London Underground issues a new tube map, and apart from the usual poring over the changes on the map, there is often quite a bit of fuss about the design of the front cover of the pocket leaflets handed out in stations.

As it happens, the art designs are 10 years old this year — as the first commission of a contemporary artist by TfL to design the cover was in September 2004.

There is a bit of a display going on at the moment, and has been for some time as it happens, of tube map covers blown up to poster size.

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Should you be near Charing Cross, for reasons other than seeking a buried church, then the underground passages around the tube station are lined with these posters. It is formally an art display, but I wonder how many people notice as they hurry past the slightly dirty displays?

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2 comments
  1. Steve says:

    For anyone that isn’t aware, you can buy many of these poster sized covers from the Transport Museum.

  2. Sakhr says:

    They’re also on display at Kingsbury station in Zone 4, for a slightly less dusty (and brighter) option. They’re on the southbound staircase.

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