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Barbara Kruger's tube map

Art, Graphic Design

Posted by Mark Sinclair, 18 May 2010, 16:09    Permalink    Comments (17)

The latest cover for the London Underground's pocket tube map has been created by US artist, Barbara Kruger. Good to see CR's offices residing somewhere between Power and Perfection...

Kruger's effort, Untitled (Tube Map), follows that of 12 other artists, including Cornelia Parker, Richard Long, Liam Gillick and David Shrigley, who have created the cover design for the pocket-sized version of the iconic tube system map.

The words that Kruger chose to replace the more familiar station names with apparently relate to her experience of that particular part of the city. Westminster is Reason, for example, while Regent's Park is Memory.

While previous artists have subverted the map design more radically (see Parker's ink blot, or Shrigley's messy ball of lines), Kruger's take has more in common with Simon Patterson's artwork, The Great Bear, detail here, where he replaced the station names with well-known cultural figures.

The new pocket maps will be available from tube stations from May 21. The maps, incidentally, have one of the largest print runs for any organisation in Europe: 15m are printed each year.

More on the LU's Art of the Underground projects, here.

17 Comments

Nice way to confuse tourists
Chad's Eye View
2010-05-18 17:28:55


Sorry, but that's just too close for comfort with regards to Simon Patterson's The Great Bear. Both Kruger and TFL should have been aware of that (I'm sure they were). Why not just ask Simon?
John Dowling
2010-05-18 17:39:06


"Westminster is Reason, for example," Ha. Sure it is.
Matt
2010-05-18 19:09:03


Fabulous ! a new way to discover London...
suprlipopette
2010-05-18 19:46:17


I'm having visions of being cornered by confused tourists asking me how to get to 'Compassion' station...
Erykah
2010-05-18 21:13:45


The mind boggles at what Hackney will be!
Alexandra
2010-05-18 23:04:22


John Dowling has a point... while it's interesting and nice, Kruger's idea is so close to Patterson's it could be called the p-word...
Nathan David Smith
2010-05-19 03:02:58


Not a great example of Kruger's work.
Dave - Graphic Design Essex
2010-05-19 12:38:04


I was really hoping she'd actually done it in her own style, that would be a far more interesting take on the tube map.
Adam Smith
2010-05-19 17:18:10


Always good to see that art creation can be in our pockets.

I really enjoyed the one by David Shrigley a few years ago.

Good job though.
location vehicule
2010-05-20 09:35:50


Interesting but not a new idea, my son created a similar poster for a project when he was at the LCC 2 years ago.
baker
2010-05-20 12:13:11


Ah the London tube map, surely the most pastiched design ever, yawn
James
2010-05-21 12:23:06


Hmmm.. she missed 'Smug' - just one along from 'Pride' on the District and Circle

(I live beneath 'Pride' - 'Humility'?)
David Wickes
2010-05-21 14:33:38


seems like something like this should be more visual than conceptual, having a tube man as a cover of a tube map...exciting
GoodStuffTom
2010-05-21 14:42:41


Please find a link to the French RATP's New Year's card (Parisian M├ętro) which appeared on 10th January 2008.

SHOCKINGLY similar, Ms Kruger.

http://www.metro-pole.net/actu/IMG/png/7310-voeux-plan1024.png
Jean Grogan
2010-05-21 15:50:40


See you in court Barbara.
Simon Patterson
2010-05-24 20:37:40


And I'm assuming she got payed a tidy sum for this.
What has London come to. Why get a US artist to attempt something like this. They clearly have no idea.

GREAT
RUSS
2010-05-26 20:14:34


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