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Frank Pick tribute artwork unveiled at Piccadilly Circus station

20 November, 2016 — By Libby Key

Nikki Bell and Ben Langlands at Piccadilly Circus

AN art installation has been unveiled at Piccadilly Circus station in honour of the design mastermind behind the tube logo.

The art commemorates London Transport’s first chief executive Frank Pick (1878-1941), famous for commissioning the Underground’s distinctive bar and circle logo, the “roundel”, also known as the Bullseye. The plans were first revealed by the West End Extra in October 2015.

It was unveiled to mark the 75th anniversary of his death.

Frank Pick

Frank Pick

“So many people recognise the branding of London’s transport system but we wanted the man behind the design to take centre-stage,” said Nikki Bell, one half of the artist duo.

The permanent artwork made from bronze, LEDs and marble, was designed by Turner prize-nominated and Bafta award-winning artists Langlands & Bell.

The artists were inspired by Frank Pick’s own handwritten notes and relate to his philosophy about beauty, utility, goodness and truth.

“People around the world are familiar with the tube logo… this installation celebrates Frank Pick’s enduring legacy and his remarkable and individual pursuit of civic excellence for London,” said Sam Mullins, director of London Transport Museum.

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