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  • Place of origin:

    London (probably, made)

  • Date:

    2004 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Kay, Emma, born 1961 (artist)
    Platform for Art (commissioned by)
    Transport for London (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Offset lithography on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Riikka Kuittinen

  • Museum number:

    E.410-2007

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case FF, shelf 12

This free pocket-sized tube map has a cover commissioned by Platform for Art for London Underground. To explore ideas about mapping and route-finding, the artist used the colours of the lines from the classic tube map devised by Henry Beck (E.816-1979). Emma Kay turned the lines into a series of concentric circles, suggesting a tube tunnel.

Platform for Art, London Underground's art programme, commissions artists to create work for the travel network. This continues London Transport's tradition of commissioning artists to create publicity material. As part of this programme, some artists were invited to create covers for the London Underground pocket map.

Physical description

Pocket map of the London Underground, which folds into three vertically, with an image on the front of a series of concentric circles in the colours used to represent each of the London Underground lines.

Place of Origin

London (probably, made)

Date

2004 (made)

Artist/maker

Kay, Emma, born 1961 (artist)
Platform for Art (commissioned by)
Transport for London (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Offset lithography on paper

Marks and inscriptions

London Underground
Top of front cover, white on blue strip

Tube map
In blue on white towards top of front cover

September 2004
In red on white towards top of front cover

MAYOR / OF LONDON
In blue (ON in red) on white towards bottom left of front cover

Transport for London
In blue on white towards bottom right of front cover

[London Underground logo]
Red and blue on white, white lettering, towards bottom right of front cover

PRIZE ART FAIR
stamped in black on front cover, half way down, centre

platform / art
stamped in black on front cover, half way down on the right. The art is directly below the 'for' and these two words are printed lighter to be read as 'platform for art'.

Dimensions

Height: 14.5 cm, Width: 7 cm folded

Descriptive line

Pocket tube map with cover designed by Emma Kay; United Kingdom, 2004

Labels and date

London Underground Pocket Tube Maps
Emma Kay
(born 1961), 2003
David Shrigley (born 1968), 2005
Yinka Shonibare (born 1962), 2006

These tube map covers were commissioned by Platform for
Art for London Underground. Each artist has used the
colours of the lines from the classic tube map devised by
Henry Beck to explore ideas about mapping and route-
finding. Emma Kay's design suggests a tube tunnel; David
Shrigley's confused tangle is magically clarified when the
map unfolds; Yinka Shonibare's design reflects London's
multicultural population and heritage, and shows the true
relative surface areas of each country by using the Peters
projection (1974).

Offset lithography on paper
Published by Transport for London
Given by Platform for Art [2007]

Materials

Paper; Ink

Techniques

Printed

Subjects depicted

Map (transport)

Categories

Prints; Maps

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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