Simon Patterson

THE GREAT BEAR

THE GREAT BEAR

1992 Simon Patterson (1967 − )

The Great Bear, which is the popular name given to a stellar constellation near the North Pole, is the title of Simon Patterson’s authentically reproduced map of the London Underground system. Although he has retained Harry Beck’s original design of 1931, all the station names on each colour coded line have been replaced by categories of names of historical figures and famous personalities. Thus on the Bakerloo (brown) line all stops are named after engineers, one branch of the Northern (black) after musicians, the other after film actors. There appears to be a rigorous if cryptic logic to the system until intersections meet and Geoff Hurst on the ‘Footballers’ line finds himself next to William Randolph Hearst on the ‘Louis’ line and the associations disintegrate into an idiosyncratic randomness.

  • Accession Number P6725
  • Dimensions 109.2 X 134.6 CM
  • Media LITHOGRAPH

Glossary (2)

  • Design

    The arrangement of elements or details in an artefact or a work of art.

  • Film

    A transparent, flexible plastic material, usually of cellulose acetate or polyester, on which light-sensitive emulsion is coated, or on which an image can be formed by various transfer processes.

Past exhibitions

BRITISH EXPRESS

  • 2013
    • Slovakia, Kosice, Kunsthalle

DIMENSIONS VARIABLE

  • 1999
    • Romania, Bucharest, National Theatre Galleries
    • Slovakia, Bratislava, Slovak National Gallery
    • Hungary, Budapest, Ludwig Museum
    • Lithuania, Vilnius, Contemporary Art Centre
    • Germany, Darmstadt, Institute Mathildenhohe
  • 1998
    • Croatia, Zagreb, Zagreb Union Of Croatian Artists
    • Czech Republic, Prague, Prague National Gallery Of Modern Art
    • Germany, Chemnitz, Stadtische Kunstsammlungen
    • Poland, Warsaw, Zacheta Gallery
    • Ukraine, Kiev, Soros Foundation
    • Sweden, Stockholm, Royal Academy Of Free Arts
  • 1997
    • Finland, Helsinki, Helsinki City Art Museum
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