Commuters and visitors to London may have noticed something different as they waited for their trains to arrive or rushed off trains towards the escalator. Hyde Park Station is one of those characterful Edwardian stations originally built by the Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton railway, still retaining its original tiling and graphics. (It is interesting to note, given the disruption that has recently been caused by transport unions objecting to proposed changes to staffing on main-line trains, that the original 1906 trains had lattice gates for passengers which were opened and closed by gate-men who also passed the signal to the driver to start the train. While these carriages disappeared in the 1920′s, guards for many decades thereafter received a ‘Gateman’s Allowance‘ to compensate for having to operate all the doors on the train.)
However, what has been different over the last two weeks is that many of the poster spaces on the station have been filled, not with the usual advertising, but with art, linked to the exhibition by the artists on show which was held by Art Below in the nearby Herrick Gallery in Piccadilly, creating one of London’s most unique art galleries and hopefully giving pleasure to the estimated 10,000 travellers who use the station every day.