The London Underground stop at Edgware Road (Circle Line) stop is a tube station wrapped in an artwork. Look up as you disembark from tube trains. Look back at the entrance as you exit and take a minute to walk round the side.
The station is embraced and enlivened by a intricately patterned artwork, aptly called Wrapper, by Jacqueline Poncelet. It is one of Transport for London’s excellent Art on the Underground projects, installed in 2012. They say,
“The work, created in vitreous enamel, dresses the building in a grid of patterns developed by the artist. Each pattern relates to a different part of the local area and was made in response to the images and ideas that she has developed through her research there over the past three years. Like an enormous patchwork, Wrapper tells the story of the place in which it sits, weaving together elements from local history and the natural environment, the area’s architecture and its people.”
So, the design is intended to reflect the urban environment around the station and thanks to the materials, should last for over 100 years.
This tube station wrapped in an artwork also beautifies a busy cut through from Edgware Road to Old Marylebone Road as well as cleverly disguising an electricity sub-station on Chapel Street.