Back against the wall

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THE iconic mo­saics at Tot­ten­ham Court Road Tube sta­tion by ‘god­fa­ther of Pop Art’ Sir Ed­uardo Paolozzi have now been re­in­stated, thanks to a pe­ti­tion.

Six years ago, it be­came ap­par­ent that work on the Cross­rail in­ter­sec­tion with the Cen­tral and North­ern Lines ne­ces­si­tated the re­moval of the mo­saics, with Trans­port for Lon­don (TFL) in­sin­u­at­ing that the whole dec­o­ra­tive scheme would be de­mol­ished.

Fol­low­ing a public out­cry, TFL changed track. It do­nated the large mo­saic arches to the Ed­in­burgh School of Art and the rest of the 1986 mo­saics were dis­man­tled, cleaned, re­stored and, now, are re­in­stated and ready to be ad­mired once more. TFL claims that 95% of the art­work is back in public view.

Art his­to­ri­ans, cu­ra­tors and con­ser­va­tion ex­perts of the Ed­in­burgh Col­lege of Art will meet to­mor­row to dis­cuss what to do with the arch­way mo­saics.

For even more Paolozzi, the Whitechapel Gallery, Lon­don E1, is host­ing the first ma­jor ret­ro­spec­tive of the artist in 40 years, fea­tur­ing more than 250 works, from post-sec­ond World War bronzes to Swing­ing Six­ties prints and 1990s ‘Cool Bri­tan­nia’. Un­til May 14 (020–7522 7888; www.whitechapel­gallery.org).

Af­ter be­ing re­stored, 95% of Paolozzi’s Tube art­work is back on dis­play

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