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Art on the Underground

Learn more about Eduardo Paolozzi's incredible mosaics at Tottenham Court Road station.

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Eduardo Paolozzi's mosaics at Tottenham Court Road are one of the most spectacular examples of public art in London. Completed in 1986, the glass mosaics cover 950 square metres featuring prominently on the Northern line and Central line platforms and an array of interconnecting spaces. The mosaics reflect Paolozzi's interpretation of the local area and his wider interest in mechanisation, urbanisation, popular culture and everyday life.

As part of a major renovation of the station, the mosaics have undergone significant restoration and conservation work. Around 95% of the mosaics have been retained at the station while it underwent a huge expansion to prepare for the introduction of the Elizabeth line and meet the needs of London's growing population. Restoration and repair work has taken place on the Northern and Central line platforms, and in the Rotunda.

As part of London History Day we encourage you to pick up your free copy of the Eduardo Paolozzi Map, available in all zone 1 stations, and take a tour of the Tottenham Court Road station mosaics as well as many other public commissions across the city by Paolozzi. Alternatively download your copy of the map.

Girls looking at a Eduardo Paolozzi map
See the newly restored mosaics by Eduardo Paolozzi at Tottenham Court Station, one of the many examples of public art on London’s Underground © Benedict Johnson, 2017

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Tottenham Court Road Station
London Underground Ltd
Oxford Street
London
W1

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