The Roundel: 100 Artists Remake a London Icon presents the company's famous sign rethought and refashioned by one hundred international artists. At once imaginative and playful, bold and irreverent, these interpretations reinvent the logo in photography and paint, drawing and print, collage and sculpture. Artists as diverse as Jeremy Deller, Sir Peter Blake, Roger Hiorns, Cornelia Parker, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Gavin Turk, Georgina Starr, Susan Hiller and Richard Wentworth offer a personal and affectionate take on the familiar motif, revealing in their own words what inspired their creations.
Within the publication, a fascinating text by design writer Jonathan Glancey looks at the genesis of the Roundel a century ago and considers the reasons for its enduring success. Claire Dobbin of the London Transport Museum discusses many of the artistic uses of the symbol in earlier decades, while Sally Shaw, member of the original commissioning team at Art on the Underground, highlights some of the new works and reveals how they came about.
At this event, Jonathan Glancey will chair a discussion concerning the themes surrounding the publication, joined by artists Georgina Starr and Yinka Shonibare MBE who will offer insight both into their commissions for this project and their wider practice.
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