Some of you may know I work for London underground and they have an Art department who promote art on the Underground network. Their latest project was called 15 for 150 and this is what it was about
“To commemorate 150 years of London Underground, Art on the Underground has commissioned 15 artists to create a special signed and numbered limited edition artwork. These limited edition prints are a unique opportunity to buy and own art by some of the world’s leading international contemporary artists”
So whilst out and about I saw this piece of art for the project
For Art on The Underground Runa Islam has made a group of limited editions. Pocket Tube Map depicts an image of the bonsai tree humorously miniaturising the tree in relation to a pocket map (the pocket map having been an indispensable part of underground travel for so long). Tube Map 1 and Tube Map 2 consider London Underground to be a network that has taken root and spread under the city like the roots of a mature tree. The photo of the tree roots hand tinted with Tube line colours reconsider the mapping of the routes. These images can be regarded as alternative pocket maps.
About the artist
Runa Islam (born in 1970 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. lives and works in London)
Runa Islam’s work challenges and explores the structures, materiality and histories of representation and visuality, often in relation to cinematographic and architectural concerns. Adopting diverse methods and approaches in the presentation of her work, she disrupts, alters and enhances visual and architectural space, shifting perception and drawing attention to the act of seeing.
It’s funny how things that your interested I’m encroach on your day job.
- 17 London Underground Maps You Never Knew You Needed (buzzfeed.com)