Station architectureTransport for London is a strong supporter of public art and has commissioned a wide range of artists and works over the years.
London Underground's headquarters at 55 Broadway, above St James's Park station, was built in 1929 and designed by architect Charles Holden. It's made from Portland stone in the art deco style. Eight relief sculptures decorating the façade were designed by contemporary artists of the day.
The pieces, by Jacob Epstein, Eric Gill, Henry Moore, Eric Aumonier, A.H Gerrard, Samuel Rabinovich and Allan Wynon, show figurative interpretations of the four winds (north, east, south and west). They are accompanied by two sculptures by Jacob Epstein, named Night and Day, above the entrances. The nudity of the figures caused some controversy when they were first unveiled.
Each Victoria line station has a specially designed symbol on the tiles of its platform walls.
The design is appropriate to the location - for example, Stockwell's design by Abram Games recalls the name of a local landmark, the famous Swan public house.
Hans Unger's playful 'ton of bricks' is a visual pun on the platform at Brixton. Oxford Circus Station has a snakes and ladders motif, representing the complexities of the station's interconnecting passageways.
Finsbury Park Station has a hot air balloon design, referring to the balloon trips that used to take off from the Park.
Tottenham Court Road
When Tottenham Court Road station was refurbished in the 1980s, artist Eduardo Paolozzi decorated the interior and platforms with specially commissioned mosaics.
The brightly coloured, geometric designs were inspired by the electrical shops of Tottenham Court Road.
The Northern line platforms at Embankment station have murals designed by Robyn Denny. At Charing Cross station, you can see images from the nearby National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery on the Bakerloo line platforms.
At Holborn station, large enamel panels designed by Allan Drummond contain images from the nearby British Museum.
Tom Eckersley designed the aircraft images at Heathrow Central station.
Tiles at Baker Street Station have silhouettes of Sherlock Holmes, designed by Michael Douglas and printed by Pamela Moreton. The Jubilee line platforms at Baker Street feature murals illustrating Sherlock Holmes stories.