Piccadilly Circus has a new permanent artwork, it's large, it's bronze and will hopefully cheer up frustrated commuters by reminding them of the good stuff to strive for in life: beauty, truth and wisdom etc. The installation, created by Turner Prize-nominated artists Langlands & Bell, commemorates Frank Pick, the man behind the ‘roundel’, the original moquette seating and many of London Underground’s art deco stations.
It features a 1.37 metre diameter roundel and a 1.98 metre-high text of solid bronze letters in New Johnston typeface. The original Johnston typeface was commissioned by Frank Pick in 1915 and is still used across London’s transport network today. Piccadilly Circus was chosen as the setting because it's one of the stations designed by leading British modernist architect, Charles Holden, who was commissioned by Frank Pick – and we think it's a welcome addition.
The London Transport Museum is hosting a talk on the memorial on Nov 10.