London Tube’s Official Art Project By David Hockney Incites Jokes Online

Image via Mayor Of London

Commissioned for a tourism campaign by the city of London, the Piccadilly Circus Tube Station’s latest art project has left the community baffled.

The artwork by famed English painter David Hockney, whose 1972 portrait stands as the most expensive work by a living artist to be auctioned off, is currently on display. It features a yellow ‘O’-shape and “Piccadilly Circus” over it on a purple banner, with the last ’s’ of “Circus” dropping to the next line.

The project was tweeted about by London Mayor Sadiq Khan, which has since drawn over 10,000 replies and 8,000 retweets from the public.

Here’s what the British public had to say about the tube’s latest artwork—they certainly had a field day flexing their skills on Microsoft Paint.

Brilliant work from David Hockney in Piccadilly—the first of a series of major art projects we’ve commissioned as part of our brand new #LetsDoLondon campaign. Lots more to come very soon! #DavidHockney

— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) May 11, 2021


— Ross McGinnes (@rossmcginnes) May 11, 2021

You think that's good…wait till you get a load of Paddington!!

— Notorious N.A.T. (@Helio_Spherical) May 11, 2021

Is this a joke?

— ZUBY: (@ZubyMusic) May 11, 2021

— Richard Littler (@richard_littler) May 11, 2021

London: “David, you said you’d have something to us by today?”

*crashing noise*

London: “David? Are you there?”

*panicked scribbling sounds*

David Hockney: “Yes, yes. Just sending it…”

— Luke Benson (@Mr_LukeBenson) May 11, 2021

— Rick Burin (@rickburin) May 11, 2021

[via Mashable, cover image via Mayor Of London]

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