One of the great things about London is that art pops up in all kinds of places. To celebrate this, and to help you find some of the best bits, take a look at the Summer Art Map.
The map brings together over 40 public artworks from across the city, including 5 commissions from Art on the Underground – TfL’s contemporary arts programme. They’re all pretty great, but here are just a few of the highlights, and how to find them.
At Piccadilly Circus station is Ben Langlands and Nikki Bell’s ‘Beauty < Immortality’. This is a tribute to former London Transport CEO Frank Pick, and celebrates his philosophy on beauty, utility, goodness and truth.
Meanwhile, Giles Round’s ‘Design Work Leisure’ at Blackhorse Road station explores the power of art and craft in a mechanised system, and sits next to David McFall’s Black Horse, installed when the station opened in 1968.
Paul McCarthy’s Apple Tree Boy Apple Tree Girl is monumental in every sense, taking a miniature Adam and Eve and reimagining them as 18 foot high Überkinder, in a parody of Aryan innocence.
Apple Tree Boy Apple Tree Girl is found at 1 Undershaft, easily accessible from Aldgate, Liverpool Street and Monument.
And if that’s not big enough for you, take a look at Jacqueline Poncelet’s ‘Wrapper’. Surrounding the substation next to Edgware Road, the work dresses the building in a variety of patterns and can be seen from the station platform, surrounding streets and nearby Marylebone Road.
Or, for a more concentrated hit of al fresco art, head over to Regent’s Park where you’ll find a staggering 25 frieze sculptures.
From the playful to the political, Frieze invite you to explore the work of leading modern and contemporary artists. Above left is FINAL DAYS by KAWS while on the right is Takuro Kuwata’s ‘Untitled’. Regent’s Park station or Great Portland Street are your best bet here.
‘Really Good’ is David Shrigley‘s ten metre effort to change negative perceptions around things such as the economy, the weather and society. Embrace the positivity at Trafalgar Square.
And all that really is just scratching the surface – there are loads more artworks to explore. To guide you through, the map comes with a text by Louisa Buck, writer and broadcaster on contemporary art. Tell us your favourites in the comments section below!
Pick up your copy in all Zone 1 stations, or download the map online.