Eduardo Paolozzi’s murals at Tottenham Court Road Tube station under threat

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Paolozzi’s arch mosaics above the escalators at Tottenham Court Road station will be demolished as part of the overhaul
Paolozzi’s arch mosaics above the escalators at Tottenham Court Road station will be demolished as part of the overhaul

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Paolozzi’s arch mosaics above the escalators at Tottenham Court Road station will be demolished as part of the overhaul
Paolozzi’s arch mosaics above the escalators at Tottenham Court Road station will be demolished as part of the overhaul

Campaigners have called for Tottenham Court Road tube station’s “much-loved” murals – which were designed by the Scottish artist Eduardo Paolozzi – to be saved from demolition.

The tiled arches over the escalators on the central London station’s main concourse are seen by more than 150,000 people every day.

Yet the £400m redevelopment of the station – meant to boost capacity to 200,000 for the arrival of Crossrail – means the arches will be removed and the mosaics, which were installed in the early 1980s, would be lost.

Architectural heritage charity the Twentieth Century Society has called for the mosaics to be saved, with senior conservation adviser Henrietta Billings saying: “They are integral to the scheme that Paolozzi set out for the station. We’re convinced more can be done to save them,” adding that they were “much-loved and important”. ….

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