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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Circle Line Paper Cut Illustrations - Stations of the King's Cross

An anonymous artist has made intriguing paper cut illustrations depicting the 14 Stations of the Cross (showing Christ carrying the cross to his cruxifiction), arranged so they sit alongside London Underground stations on the Circle line. In
Stations of the King's Cross the illustrations have been reproduced into a free pamphlet & the orignals will be on display at St Mary’s Church, Somers Town - near King's Cross station.

Jesus is Condemned to death  - Stations of the King's Cross

The artist said he "found idle trains trips an amazingly fruitful time for prayer and contemplation". It's a non profit exercise and  "just a little idea for those Circle Line passengers who believe that pondering on the enormous mystery of Christ’s death [and mysterious enormity of His love] could be a good thing".

Stations of the Kings Cross Leaflet

Speaking to The Catholic Herald he said that a series of paper cut illustrations of Jianzhi pandas, given to him by his mother when he was eight, was his inspiration.

Paper Cutting - Stations of the King's Cross

They may remind many readers of Rob Ryan's rather wonderful paper cut illustrations which I'm a big fan of.  Moving clockwise or anti-clockwise on the Circle Line there's one Tube stop for each station  ending up at King's Cross.

Jesus Fails for First Time

After exhibiting, the original illustrations may go up for sale with proceeds going to charity. If you're interesting in exhibiting, contact the artist here. Many thanks to Ianvisits who originally alerted me to these illustrations. They'd also look interesting alongside the Poems on the Underground ads on the Tube. For me they make a diverting alternative to variety of religious ads on the London Underground we can ponder or stare at on our journeys.

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