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Memorial: Frank Pick at Piccadilly Circus

Erection date: 7/11/2016

Inscription

{Plaque on the alcove return at the left:}

Beauty < Immortality
Frank Pick 1878 – 1941

Beauty     <  Immortality
Utility       <  Perfection
Goodness <  Righteousness
Truth        <  Wisdom

Memorial concept and design by Ben Langlands & Nikki Bell, 2016.

As the visionary Managing Director of London Underground in the 1920s and Vice Chairman of the newly created London Transport from 1933 - 40, Frank Pick was instrumental in establishing the most progressive and modern public transport system in the world.

Frank Pick planned the expansion of the bus and underground network and commissioned the leading architects, artists and designers of the time to shape every aspect of the passenger experience. “London Transport”, he said, “is or will be a work of art”. From the classic station designs by Charles Holden, to the range of memorable travel posters, from the adoption of the famous Roundel, one of London’s most recognisable symbols, to the introduction of Harry Beck’s iconic map, and the commissioning of Edward Johnston’s type-face still in use today, everything was considered by Pick.

Frank Pick’s own words above, taken by Langlands & Bell from his lecture notes in the Transport for London archive, demonstrate his conviction that good design contributes decisively to the quality of city life.

Unveiled 7 November 2016 to mark the 75th anniversary of Pick’s death and the centenary of the Johnston typeface.

Site: Frank Pick at Piccadilly Circus (1 memorial)

W1, Piccadilly Circus, Piccadilly Circus station - ticket hall

This wall space was previously occupied by a bank of pay phones.

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Frank Pick at Piccadilly Circus

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Transport for London / London Transport

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Harry Beck

Graphic artist and map designer.  Born 14 Wesley Road, Leyton but he was only...

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Charles Holden

Architect. Born Bolton. c.1897 he moved to London and worked briefly for C. R...

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Edward Johnston

Calligrapher and lettering designer. Born in San José, Uruguay, the son of an...

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Frank Pick

Pioneer of good design for London Transport. Born Lincolnshire. Click on the ...

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Frank Pick at Piccadilly Circus

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Langlands & Bell

From their website: "Artists, Ben Langlands &amp; Nikki Bell...began collabor...

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Transport for London / London Transport

This organisation has been a bit of a political football, often having its na...

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