It may sound hard to believe, but one of London’s most iconic scenes has been entirely recreated, by hand, in wood. Commissioned by Transport for London for the 2015 Designjunction show at London Design Festival, artist Camilla Barnard built the Wooden Underground Station, a life-size replica of an actual London Underground Station with individual hand-painted signs. The amazing installation was created with mind-boggling attention to detail (see the hand-painted Tube map!) and is complete with a platform, ticket hall, barriers, and even stacks of Metro newspapers.
Barnard worked in collaboration with woodworker Gunter Luck to design and build the timber replica over the course of three months. The duo meticulously collected measurements, photographs, and matching Dulux color swatches from existing London Underground stations and their components to make the replica as accurate as possible. However, the wooden pop-up installation isn’t a carbon copy—Barnard deliberately gave the life-size artwork a cartoonish feel with her hand-painted lettering.
The wooden station has both a westbound and eastbound platform beyond the rows of ticket scanners. Barnard and Luck also painted the train tracks and an image of a red approaching train. The Wooden Underground Station was created as part of the celebrations for the London Underground’s 150th anniversary.
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