Lonely Planet Writer

Iconic Tube mosaics to go on display in Scotland

Tottenham Court Road station’s colourful mosaics have welcomed London commuters for over 30 years – but now a number of them are to be restored and relocated to Scotland where they will go on display.

Part of  a collection at Tottenham Court Road station is to go on display in Edinburgh
Part of a Eduardo Palazzo mural collection at Tottenham Court Road station is to go on display in Edinburgh. Image by Chris Sampson / CC BY 2.0

The Eduardo Paolozzi’s murals were earmarked to be stripped under the £400 million Crossrail programme for the redevelopment of central London.

The Evening Standards reports that the mosaics will be transferred to Edinburgh, Paolozzi’s native city. Students at the city’s College of Art will painstakingly restore them.

Transport for London (TfL) said most of his other mosaics inside the station at Tottenham Court, have been spruced up and will remain an integral part of the station’s visual backdrop.

At the Oxford Street entrance, a large mural will be remounted and relocated elsewhere in the upgraded station, which is due to have work finished within three years.

When the mosaics were mounted there in 1984, it covered almost 1000 squares metres.

TfL said most of the mosaics were being retained in their original locations at the station.

The lost murals will be replaced by works from another Scot, Douglas Gordon, Londoner Richard Wright and Daniel Buren, one of France’s most renowned living artists who is an abstract minimalist.