Artist Has The Tube In Stitches


Lucy Sparrrow has lovingly embroidered a giant map of the London Underground.

It took the 23-year-old 42 days to create the 9sq m tapestry which is made up of 2,400m (2,625 yards) of thread and 142 buttons.

‘One of the hardest parts was getting the scale right,’ said Miss Sparrow. ‘It was tough fitting all the station names in.’

But her plans to display the piece of art on the Tube network have been scuppered by Transport for London bosses who say she will have to pay for the privilege. ‘This is something that as an artist I stand strongly against – much art is a labour of love and its a bit of a kick in the teeth to an aspiring artist to put heart and soul into a novel creation only to be asked to pay for other people to enjoy it.’

The Brighton-based textile artist next plans to make tapestries of other subway systems at home and abroad and eventually to make a full-sized car out of felt. She has been making sculptures and embroidered artwork since she was ten years old.

Her felt creations include a telephone, a giant box of crayons, a tin of sardines, a cello and even a heart monitor.

‘It would be fair to say I think faster than I can sew. I find myself constantly inspired and am always looking for my next interesting and unique project,’ Miss Sparrow said.


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