Barbara Kruger’s tube map

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

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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.

  • Chad’s Eye View

    Nice way to confuse tourists

  • John Dowling

    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?

  • Matt

    “Westminster is Reason, for example,” Ha. Sure it is.

  • suprlipopette

    Fabulous ! a new way to discover London…

  • Erykah

    I’m having visions of being cornered by confused tourists asking me how to get to ‘Compassion’ station…

  • Alexandra

    The mind boggles at what Hackney will be!

  • Nathan David Smith

    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…

  • Dave – Graphic Design Essex

    Not a great example of Kruger’s work.

  • Adam Smith

    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.

  • location vehicule

    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.

  • baker

    Interesting but not a new idea, my son created a similar poster for a project when he was at the LCC 2 years ago.

  • James

    Ah the London tube map, surely the most pastiched design ever, yawn

  • David Wickes

    Hmmm.. she missed ‘Smug’ – just one along from ‘Pride’ on the District and Circle

    (I live beneath ‘Pride’ – ‘Humility’?)

  • GoodStuffTom

    seems like something like this should be more visual than conceptual, having a tube man as a cover of a tube map…exciting

  • Jean Grogan

    Please find a link to the French RATP’s New Year’s card (Parisian Métro) which appeared on 10th January 2008.

    SHOCKINGLY similar, Ms Kruger.

  • Simon Patterson

    See you in court Barbara.

  • RUSS

    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.