Back against the wall
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