Underpass Artworks of the British Isles

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Bradford, Jacob's Well roundabout

SE1632 : Yorkshire sayings by Stephen Craven
A mural work, possibly the collaborative work of local schoolchildren, on the tiled wall of a pedestrian subway at Jacob's Well in Bradford. Translations available on request!
by Stephen Craven



Oxted, railway station

TQ3952 : Station subway mosaic, Oxted by Stephen Craven
The subway under Oxted station has been refurbished with these colourful mosaics including directions such as this one to "shops and Station Road East".
by Stephen Craven



Yeovil, Red Lion Lane underpass

ST5516 : Mural, Red Lion lane, Yeovil by Derek Harper
Colourful murals decorate this subway at Yeovil Hospital, connecting Higher Kingston with Reckleford.
by Derek Harper




Dunfermline, Comely Park Subway

NT0987 : Comely Park underpass by Thomas Nugent
The underpass between Dunfermline Town railway station and Comely Park. This is the station side of the underpass.
by Thomas Nugent


NT0987 : Underpass artwork by Thomas Nugent
In the underpass between Dunfermline Town railway station and Comely Park.
by Thomas Nugent


NT0987 : Underpass artwork by Thomas Nugent
In the underpass between Dunfermline Town railway station and Comely Park.
by Thomas Nugent


NT0987 : Underpass artwork by Thomas Nugent
In the underpass between Dunfermline Town railway station and Comely Park.
by Thomas Nugent


NT0987 : Underpass artwork by Thomas Nugent
In the underpass between Dunfermline Town railway station and Comely Park.
by Thomas Nugent


NT0987 : Underpass artwork by Thomas Nugent
In the underpass between Dunfermline Town railway station and Comely Park.
by Thomas Nugent


NT0987 : Comely Park underpass by Thomas Nugent
The underpass between Dunfermline Town railway station and Comely Park. This is the Comely Park side of the underpass.
by Thomas Nugent



Greenock, Belville Street former underpass approaches (now blocked)

NS2875 : Belville Street mural by Thomas Nugent
Belville Street is in the background.
by Thomas Nugent
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NS2875 : Belville Street mural by Thomas Nugent
Details of some of the many vessels which are depicted on the mural.
by Thomas Nugent
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NS2875 : Belville Street mural by Thomas Nugent
St Laurence's Church is in the background.
by Thomas Nugent
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NS2875 : Belville Street mural by Thomas Nugent
A pipe runs vertically through the centre of the mural.
by Thomas Nugent
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NS2875 : Belville Street mural by Thomas Nugent
The blocked-up pedestrian underpass can be seen on the left.
by Thomas Nugent
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NS2875 : Belville Street mural by Thomas Nugent
Looking along the mural from the Belville Street entrance to the garden.
by Thomas Nugent
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Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Bridge Street Underpass






SJ8446 : Newcastle-under-Lyme: Bridge Street Subway (6) by Jonathan Hutchins
The distinctive profile of St Giles' Church features in one mural.
by Jonathan Hutchins
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Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Ryecroft Underpass

SJ8446 : Newcastle-under-Lyme: subway art by Jonathan Hutchins
Entrance to the Ryecroft underpass off Liverpool Road on the north side of the dual carriageway.
by Jonathan Hutchins


SJ8446 : Newcastle-under-Lyme: subway art by Jonathan Hutchins
The art in this subway celebrates Newcastle-born Philip Astley (1742-1814), 'father of the modern circus'. See also Link
by Jonathan Hutchins


SJ8446 : Newcastle-under-Lyme: subway art by Jonathan Hutchins
The art in this subway celebrates Newcastle-born Philip Astley (1742-1814), 'father of the modern circus'. See also Link and Link
by Jonathan Hutchins



Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Nelson Place Subway


SJ8546 : Decorated Undepass by Glyn Baker
A subway under the A52/53 Junction
by Glyn Baker



Gorton, A57 Underpass

SJ8995 : Gorton Works & Belle Vue Zoo Mural by Gerald England
The mural on the walls of the A57 underpass references Belle Vue Zoo and the Central Railway Works in Gorton.
by Gerald England


SJ8995 : Debdale Community Orchard Mural by Gerald England
On the A57 underpass at Debdale.
by Gerald England


SJ8995 : Debdale Mural by Gerald England
A mural on the side of the A57 underpass.
by Gerald England



Dunkirk, A52 Ring Road Underpass

SK5538 : You needs hands . . . (3) by Alan Murray-Rust
Decorative graffiti in the subway under the ring road at Dunkirk. Painted in March 2012 by pupils from Dunkirk Primary School Link and commendably free from unwanted over-painting.
by Alan Murray-Rust


SK5538 : You need hands . . . (2) by Alan Murray-Rust
Decorative graffiti in the subway under the ring road at Dunkirk. All the kids at Dunkirk Primary School appear to have had a hand in creating this artwork.
by Alan Murray-Rust


SK5538 : You need hands . . . (1) by Alan Murray-Rust
Decorative graffiti in the subway under the ring road at Dunkirk. All the kids at Dunkirk Primary School appear to have had a hand in creating this artwork Link .
by Alan Murray-Rust



Cramlington, A189 Elly Dee Underpass


NZ2775 : The Elley Dee Underpass by Kevin Richardson
'Elley Dee' illuminates a previously dingy pedestrian underpass under the A189. The title is an affectionate reference to the L.E.Ds used in the new lighting system.
by Kevin Richardson



Dover, A20 Underpass

TR3241 : Underpass, Dover by pam fray
Running between the town centre and the sea front, this underpass gives pedestrians and cyclists safe access under the A20. The tiled murals show the maritime history of the area.
by pam fray


TR3241 : Mural on the wall of the underpass by John Baker
The underpass is under Townwall Street. The wide red strip was painted on the floor in preparation for the 2012 Olympic torch relay, which will pass through here on 18 July.
by John Baker



Paisley Gilmour Street railway station underpass

In the upper of the two underpasses at the station, between the platforms. By local artist Caroline Gormley, who was assisted by co-artist Sandy Guy
NS4864 : Mural at Paisley Gilmour Street railway station by Thomas Nugent
The finished article.
by Thomas Nugent



NS4864 : Mural at Paisley Gilmour Street railway station by Thomas Nugent
Artists in dark suits at work on the new "Welcome to Paisley" mural in the passageway between platforms 3 and 4.
by Thomas Nugent
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NS4864 : Mural at Paisley Gilmour Street railway station by Thomas Nugent
Artists in dark suits at work on the new "Welcome to Paisley" mural in the passageway between platforms 3 and 4.
by Thomas Nugent
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Motherwell, Barrie Street Underpass

This is one of four underpasses which connect the town centre shops with the suburbs. Located at the south end of the shopping centre, it passes under the A721 road to Barrie Street, where a ramp leads up to street level.

The underpass is adorned by artworks on both sides which are glazed into the ceramic tiles by means of a special technique. This work was carried out by 6247 Public Art LinkExternal link .

The main 18 artworks feature framed 'paintings' of local scenes and famous local people. The framed artworks are being held, pushed and pulled by monochrome line drawn characters in various poses.

The local scenes depicted are, Storm - Firth of Clyde, Heritage Centre, Aerial 1947, Strathclyde Loch, Motherwell Cross, Old Clyde Bridge Motherwell, Dalziel North Church, Library, Roman Bridge River Calder, Washing Line Windmill Street, The Delburn Falls, McGregor's Mill, Wild Moor and Jerviston Keep.

The local famous people depicted are,
Cathie Gibson (Olympic Bronze Medal swimmer LinkExternal link )
Sir Alexander Gibson (Conductor LinkExternal link )
Bobby Ancell (footballer LinkExternal link ).

Also depicted is Hanah - Autumn (unknown).

NS7556 : Barrie Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
The Barrie Street end of the underpass.
by Thomas Nugent
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NS7556 : Barrie Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
The Barrie Street end of the underpass.
by Thomas Nugent
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NS7556 : Barrie Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
The shopping centre side of the underpass.
by Thomas Nugent
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NS7556 : Barrie Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
The shopping centre side of the underpass.
by Thomas Nugent
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NS7556 : Barrie Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
Washing Line - Windmill Street and Delburn Falls.
by Thomas Nugent
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NS7556 : Barrie Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
Bobby Ancell, Scottish international footballer.
by Thomas Nugent
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NS7556 : Barrie Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
Motherwell Cross.
by Thomas Nugent
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NS7556 : Barrie Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
Storm - Firth of Clyde.
by Thomas Nugent
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NS7556 : Barrie Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
Motherwell Cross and Storm - Firth of Clyde.
by Thomas Nugent
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NS7556 : Barrie Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
Strathclyde Loch and Bobby Ancell, Scottish international footballer.
by Thomas Nugent
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NS7556 : Barrie Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
Some of the black & white line drawings which complement the 'paintings'.
by Thomas Nugent
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NS7556 : Barrie Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
Cathie Gibson, 1948 Olympics swimming Bronze medallist.
by Thomas Nugent
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NS7556 : Barrie Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
Some of the black & white line drawings which complement the 'paintings'.
by Thomas Nugent
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NS7556 : Barrie Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
Heritage Centre and Aerial 1947.
by Thomas Nugent
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NS7556 : Barrie Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
Amanda - Autumn.
by Thomas Nugent
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NS7556 : Barrie Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
Old Clyde Bridge, Motherwell.
by Thomas Nugent
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NS7556 : Barrie Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
This section of the mural shows 'thumbnails' of the larger sized artworks to be found in the underpass.
by Thomas Nugent
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NS7556 : Barrie Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
Jerviston Keep.
by Thomas Nugent
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NS7556 : Barrie Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
Storm - Firth of Clyde.
by Thomas Nugent
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NS7556 : Barrie Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
McGregor's Mill.
by Thomas Nugent
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NS7556 : Barrie Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
Library and Roman Bridge, River Calder.
by Thomas Nugent
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NS7556 : Barrie Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
Dalziel North Church and Sir Alexander Gibson.
by Thomas Nugent
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Motherwell, West Hamilton Street underpass

This is one of four underpasses which connect the town centre shops with the suburbs. Located at the west end of the shopping centre, it passes under West Hamilton Street to Mason Road, where a ramp leads up to street level.

The underpass is adorned by artworks on both sides which are glazed into the ceramic tiles by means of a special technique. This work was carried out by photographer Susie Baker and designer Bruce Macaulay of 6247 Public Art LinkExternal link , the same group which produced the ceramic tile mural at the Oak Mall in Greenock Link .

One wall of the underpass features a linear representation of the West Coast Main Line railway and includes photographs of the key towns on the route. The line passes around 100 yards east of this point.

The other wall features a linear representation of the River Clyde from source to sea and also includes photographs of the key landmarks along the length of the river. The Clyde passes around half a mile to the south west of this point.

NS7556 : West Hamilton Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
The Brandon Parade end of the underpass.
by Thomas Nugent
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NS7556 : West Hamilton Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
This is the Brandon Parade side of the underpass, with Brandon Post Office above.
by Thomas Nugent
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NS7556 : West Hamilton Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
The Mason Road end of the underpass.
by Thomas Nugent
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NS7556 : West Hamilton Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
The Mason Road end of the underpass.
by Thomas Nugent
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The River Clyde Mural
NS7556 : West Hamilton Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
Nr Little Clyde Farm and Daer Reservoir, near the source of the River Clyde.
by Thomas Nugent
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NS7556 : West Hamilton Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
Abington and Crawford on the River Clyde.
by Thomas Nugent
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NS7556 : West Hamilton Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
Abington on the River Clyde.
by Thomas Nugent
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NS7556 : West Hamilton Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
Carstairs Junction, Thankerton and Lamington Tower on the River Clyde.
by Thomas Nugent
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NS7556 : West Hamilton Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
Lanark on the River Clyde.
by Thomas Nugent
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NS7556 : West Hamilton Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
Motherwell and Rosebank on the River Clyde.
by Thomas Nugent
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NS7556 : West Hamilton Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
Glasgow, Rutherglen, Cambuslang and Uddingston on the River Clyde.
by Thomas Nugent
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NS7556 : West Hamilton Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
Dumbarton, Old Kilpatrick, Dalmuir, Yoker, Renfrew and Whiteinch on the River Clyde.
by Thomas Nugent
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NS7556 : West Hamilton Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
Loch Long, Gare Loch and Helensburgh on the River Clyde.
by Thomas Nugent
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The West Coast Main Line Mural
NS7556 : West Hamilton Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
Glasgow Central and Motherwell stations on the West Coast Main Line.
by Thomas Nugent
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NS7556 : West Hamilton Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
Lockerbie, Carlisle and Penrith stations on the West Coast Main Line.
by Thomas Nugent
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NS7556 : West Hamilton Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
Oxenholme and Lancaster stations on the West Coast Main Line.
by Thomas Nugent
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NS7556 : West Hamilton Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
Preston, Warrington and Crewe stations on the West Coast Main Line.
by Thomas Nugent
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NS7556 : West Hamilton Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
Stafford and Birmingham stations on the West Coast Main Line.
by Thomas Nugent
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NS7556 : West Hamilton Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
Coventry, Rugby and Milton Keynes stations on the West Coast Main Line.
by Thomas Nugent
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NS7556 : West Hamilton Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
Milton Keynes and London Euston stations on the West Coast Main Line.
by Thomas Nugent
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Motherwell, Merry Street underpass

This is one of four underpasses which connect the town centre shops with the suburbs. Located at the north end of the shopping centre, it passes under the A721 Menteith Street Street. Both sides of the underpass have ramps leading up to street level.

The underpass is adorned by artworks on both sides which are glazed into the ceramic tiles by means of a special technique. This work was carried out by designer Bruce Macaulay of 6247 Public Art LinkExternal link , the same group which produced the ceramic tile mural at the Oak Mall in Greenock Link .

The photographic artworks show world landmarks with tenuous links to Motherwell (such as distance or latitude), presumably intended not to be taken too seriously.

NS7557 : Merry Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
The west end of the underpass at Brandon Place East shopping precinct.
by Thomas Nugent
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NS7557 : Merry Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
The east side of the underpass, looking towards the town centre.
by Thomas Nugent
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NS7557 : Merry Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
The east side of the underpass, looking towards the town centre.
by Thomas Nugent
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NS7557 : Merry Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
The Eiger (3189 metres higher than Motherwell).
by Thomas Nugent
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NS7557 : Merry Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
Eiffel Tower, Paris (548 miles from Merry Street) and Grand Canal, Venice (1009 miles from Strathclyde Loch).
by Thomas Nugent
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NS7557 : Merry Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
St Basil's cathedral, Moscow (0 degrees south of Brandon Street) and Sydney Opera House (16,916Km from Motherwell Concert Hall).
by Thomas Nugent
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NS7557 : Merry Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
The Colosseum, Rome (1213 miles from Roman Road) and Rio de Janerio (203 X more people than Motherwell).
by Thomas Nugent
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NS7557 : Merry Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
Empire State Building (12.5 X higher than the Heritage Centre) and the Antarctic Coast (-10C average temperature, Motherwell 8C average temperature).
by Thomas Nugent
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NS7557 : Merry Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
Prague, Church of Our Lady before Týn (862 miles from Motherwell) and the Sahara Desert (1.14 inches average rainfall, Motherwell 39 inches).
by Thomas Nugent
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NS7557 : Merry Street underpass by Thomas Nugent
The River Nile (39 X longer than the Clyde) and the Great Wall of China (49 X longer than the M74).
by Thomas Nugent
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Garscube Road underpass, Cowcaddens, Glasgow

This is one of two pedestrian and cyclist underpasses which link Cowcaddens subway station to the city centre (the other passes under Cowcaddens Road).

The walls are adorned by professional graffiti-style murals by the street artist 'Rogue One' LinkExternal link . These are in the form of shadow puppet animals and the hands which create them.

NS5866 : Garscube Road pedestrian underpass by Thomas Nugent NS5866 : Garscube Road pedestrian underpass by Thomas Nugent NS5866 : Garscube Road pedestrian underpass by Thomas Nugent NS5866 : Garscube Road underpass by Thomas Nugent
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