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Birmingham Moor Street railway station artwork on show

Poster Image copyright Chiltern Railways
Image caption The artwork is to 'enhance the passenger experience' and show 'travelling is more than going from A to B'

Artwork based on weather and phone screens has gone on display at a railway station in Birmingham.

Moor Street is being used by Chiltern Railways to show work by Samara Scott, who has been commissioned to produce a series of exhibits.

Chiltern Railways said the project aims to "enhance the passenger experience" and to show travel "isn't about just getting from A to B".

The designs will also feature on timetables and information booklets.

The company had previously worked with others, including Swedish artist Gunilla Klingberg and husband-and-wife Heather and Ivan Morison.

Art displayed at railway stations came to prominence with posters used by Great Western Railway (GWR) as early as 1903, according to its archive.

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Image caption Artwork has long been used in rail stations, most famously posters by Great Western Railways which advertised destinations and services
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Image caption Samara Scott's artwork is the third collaboration between Chiltern Railways and Eastside Projects

Birmingham-based art organisation Eastside Projects is working with the rail company to produce the pieces.

Scott's work, called "Still Life", is meant to "celebrate and capture a sensual imagining of weather and screens, two very British occupations".

Each pocket timetable shows a droplet of landscape with warped reflections through glass of sky, strip lights and phone screens.

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Image caption Heather and Ivan Morison's work featured woodcuts

Heather and Ivan Morison's work was displayed at the end of last year, and featured autumnal-themed woodcuts called "Trackside walk: Birmingham to London".

The pair said the series was inspired by the "interplay between the countryside and the line along the route".

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Image caption Railway art by Heather and Ivan Morison (L) draws on nature for inspiration, as did the 1935 poster (R) for GWR by Norman Wilkinson
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Image caption Wheel of Everyday Life (L) by Gunilla Klingberg uses everyday signs and symbols found at a railway station while the GWR poster (R) promoted Torquay

Gavin Wade, director of Eastside Projects, said: "This third commission with Chiltern Railways is a very ambitious artwork that introduces a broad public to a different way of making art.

"Samara's live sculptural handling of digital imagery is refreshingly new."

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Image caption Gunilla Klingberg's 2014 exhibition depicts everyday signs and symbols

"Wheel of Everyday Life", Gunilla Klingberg's exhibition of last summer, depicted everyday visual signs and symbols seen at railway stations.

Rob Brighouse, managing director of Chiltern Railways, said: "Art can play an important and inspirational part in everyone's lives and has the potential to enrich our passengers' engagement with our stations."

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Image caption Samara Scott's work uses rain and reflections

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