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Going underground: London’s unsung tube mosaics and murals

Posted at 3:15 pm, January 14, 2012 in Arts & Entertainment

The deep tunnels of the Tube aren’t normally a place to take a leisurely stroll and soak up your surroundings, so you’d be forgiven for missing the beautiful artwork that adorns the walls. Take a look at some of the mosaics and murals you won’t believe you’ve missed on your daily commute.

©Flickr: George Rex

Leytonstone station has seventeen mosaics dedicated to Alfred Hitchcock, who was born in the area. It took seven months and 80,000 tiles to finish them all.

Station mosaics by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi - ©Louise Rogers

Designed by Eduardo Paolozzi, Tottenham Court Road station is full of quirky mosaics inspired by everyday city life and locations near to the station. We have the joy of seeing this every morning on our way to work.

©Flickr:Urko Dorronsoro

Baker Street Station plays homage to the infamous man in the deer stalker. Silhouettes of Sherlock Holmes are littered throughout the station  – designed by Michael Douglas (no, not he of ‘Wall Street’ fame) and printed by Pamela Moreton.

Charing Cross station © Flickr:Brett Jordan

A 100 metre mural spreads across the walls of the Northern line platform in Charing Cross station. Designed by David Gentleman, it shows scenes from the construction of the original Charing Cross.

©Flickr :Alan StantonWhitechapel Station is covered in artwork by Doug Patterson who produced a selection of murals depicting modern day London.

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