Labyrinth

The transformation of London's Underground into a living art gallery has been captured in an elegant tome. Tickets please!

BY DEE IVA

Last year, enigmatic symbols began appearing all over the London Underground. The more we saw, the more we wondered if they were part of some secret code sending cryptic messages to those in the know.

We were thrilled to learn that they were specially commissioned artworks to celebrate 150 years of the Tube network, created by Turner Prize-winning British artist Mark Wallinger. Each of the Underground's 270 stations has its own individual labyrinth design, echoing the millions of underground journeys that have been made since 1863.
The 270 permanent artworks can now be seen at a glance in new book Labyrinth: A Journey Through London's Underground with an introduction by UK author Will Self and stunning photographs by London-based Belgian snapper Thierry Bal

A print of each design is also available to order, as well as a range of clothing, mugs and badges that can be printed with the design of your choice. See how many you spot the next time you swipe your Oyster card...
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Labyrinth: A Journey Through London's Underground by Mark Wallinger, £24.99. Limited edition signed copies, £95. Published by Art / Books in association with Art on the Underground

ABOVE: Stanmore
BELOW (FROM TOP): Green Park, Heathrow Terminal 5, Hampstead

FROM LEFT: Baker Street, Bank, Royal Oak, Victoria (click or tap to enlarge)

All photos by Thierry Bal