Using Art to Expand Identity

London’s red, white, and blue Underground symbol is familiar around the world. Now, as part of a public commission to reimagine the iconic design, artist Larry Achiampong is exploring ways to make the familiar roundel better represent a population that makes up more than one-third of London citizenry: Africans.

From the Art on the Underground website: “Achiampong has chosen to focus on Pan African colours that speak symbolically to various African diasporic identities: green, black, and red, which reflect the land, the people and the struggles the continent has endured, while gold represents a new day and prosperity. Eight new designs of the roundel will be installed in seventy sites throughout Westminster Underground station.”

(Photo credit: Larry Achiampong, 'PAN AFRICAN FLAGS FOR THE RELIC TRAVELLERS' ALLIANCE' 2019. Photo: GG Archard. © Larry Achiampong. Courtesy of the Artist & Copperfield, London.) 

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