The Tube: Art, Architecture, and Design of London's Underground with Fiona Lukas

The Tube: Art, Architecture, and Design of London's Underground with Fiona Lukas


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Trains first ran beneath the streets of London in 1863. Originally there were separate, often fiercely rival, companies. Then in 1933, it all came together as London Transport. And the boss, Frank Pick, who had worked his way up through one of those companies, declared "London Transport is or will be a work of art." He'd already commissioned a font, which was then added to the Roundel, creating one of the most recognizable brand logos in the world. This conversation will explore how Pick's principles shaped the station buildings, moving from oxblood tiled arches to Holden drums and more recently the cathedrals of the Jubilee line extension.

We’ll celebrate the brilliance of the map (don’t call it a map, it’s not a map, it’s a diagram!) which has inspired transport graphic design right across the globe. We’ll look at artworks, both those commissioned as a permanent part of the station infrastructure and those that are more temporary. Being a virtual tour we can skip between far-flung stations and journey across the years to appreciate the details that Londoners overlook.

This seminar is led by Fiona, a London Blue Badge guide who specializes in the Underground. Growing up the tube was her ticket to explore all of London, and she now relishes the range of stories to be found in this microcosm of life. This interactive seminar will inspire participants to look more closely at the mundane, functional elements of life through the lens of the London Underground. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased appreciation of the design choices behind everyday objects.

Fiona Lukas is an award-winning London Blue and Green Badge Guide. She originally studied literature and drama, and then acting and directing. She delights in bizarre and random, and loves showing people the stuff that is hidden in plain sight. Behind every object there is a story, and Fiona is at heart, a storyteller.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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The Tube: Art, Architecture and Design is a wonderful seminar
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S
S.G.
The Tube: Art, Architecture and Design is a wonderful seminar
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E.S.
Outstanding seminar
L
L.T.
The London Tube
H
H.
Top-notch addition to Context lineup
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F.
More interesting than I e pected