London Underground Pocket maps

London Underground Pocket maps

London Underground Pocket maps

Emma Kay (born 1961), 2003
© Emma Kay / London Underground Limited

David Shrigley (born 1968), 2005
© David Shrigley / London Underground Limited

Yinka Shonibare (born1962), 2006
© Yinka Shonibare / London Underground Limited

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

Each of these free pocket-sized tube maps has a cover commissioned by Platform for Art for London Underground. To explore ideas about mapping and route-finding, the artists used the colours of the lines from the classic tube map devised by Henry Beck (also in this section). Emma Kay turned the lines into a series of concentric circles, suggesting a tube tunnel. David Shrigley drew the lines as a confused tangle, to be magically clarified and organised when one unfolds the map. Yinka Shonibare's design reflects London's multicultural population and its heritage as the capital of an empire which once spanned 5 continents; he used the Peters projection (1974) which represents the true relative surface areas of each country.