This week’s featured poster is London Subterranea by Stephen Walter (2012).
Subterranean London is an amalgamation of secret tunnels, buried rivers, sewers, utility pipes, bunkers and of course the London Underground along with its many now disused stations. Stephen Walter spent months researching and visiting sites underground to construct the final map. He also included mysterious elements such as ley lines, pagan burial sites and sites of unsolved murders. The original artwork was specially commissioned by London Transport Museum and features in the current exhibition Mind the Map which runs until the 28th of October.
Much of Stephen Walter’s worked is map based and always includes words and symbols to illustrate not just geographical landmarks but history, stories and trivia relating to a location. As well as drawing maps he works with a range of mediums including photography, digital drawing, painting and collage. His other notable works include cover illustrations for the successful books of Dr Who script writer Ben Aaronovitch – Rivers of London and Moon over Soho. His work has been included in the Royal Academy of Arts prestigious Summer Exhibition five times and is part of many important art collections including that of The British Library, the British Government Art Collection, the Royal College of Art Drawing Collection and now also London Transport Museum!
London Subterranea is the featured map in our final week of I-Spy Maps Summer Family Fun activities here at the Museum which finishes on Sunday 2nd of September. Families can discover the details of the map through story telling, games and craft workshops.
If you would like your own copy of this map to explore prints are available to buy in a range of sizes from our online shop.