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St. Pancras and King’s Cross as you’ve never seen them

Artist Kinga Marcus is drawing all of the capital's 270 tube stations in charcoal

The lovers’ statue on the upper tier of St.Pan. Illustration: Kinga Marcus

London-based artist Kinga Markus is taking the time to document the spaces in every tube station across the capital – yes, all 270 of them. In fact, her recent Kickstarter campaign was such a success that she smashed the target in no time.

From stairwells to facades, tunnels to escalators, she’s attempting to draw our attention to the beauty in our underground network – so effortlessly ignored by millions each day.

The lengthy task sees her pottering around London using charcoal to make A3-size etchings of the place that her instinct draws her to. “I draw what excites me and hopes that it will translate in the drawing,” she says.

One of seventy completed tube sketches: King’s Cross. Ilustration: Kinga Marcus

As things stand, she is currently about a quarter of her way through her project, with over seventy drawings lining the walls of her Harlesden studio. “People already introduce me as ‘the tube lady’ – and I am happy to keep that title for a while longer.”


Here’s hoping that Kinga’s continued sketching around the city, encourages us frantic commuters to pay a little more attention and spend a bit more time appreciating what is around us.

And haven’t these sketches of St.Pancras and King’s Cross worked a treat?

For more on Kinga’s project head to Kentishtowner. Her impressive sketches of Bermondsey station are here, more of her work can be found here.

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