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Art on the Underground 'All my lines in the palm of your hand' by Michael Landy

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The latest addition to the Art on the Underground scheme by artist Michael Landy has been unveiled.

It will be the new cover of the pocket Tube map.

Perhaps, a bit of art is sometimes needed amongst the cut and thrust of the daily commute.

Or, as the poet James Oppenheim wrote:

Our lives shall not be sweated from birth until life closes;

Hearts starve as well as bodies; give us bread, but give us roses!

There's more information on the scheme here.

For the more utilitarian amongst you, I have asked about the costs. For this year the whole project is £400,000.

Transport for London (TfL) said: "Art on the Underground seeks to enrich the journeys of over 3.5m customers each day with world class art projects.

"In the year 2011/2012 the cost of planning, developing and implementing around 10 to 15 projects with a huge audience is expected to be around £400,000 (supplemented by grants from the Arts Council). We continue to seek additional sponsorship."

 
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