Commuters passing through Moor Street in the city centre will have noticed a splash of colour at Birmingham’s second busiest rail station.
The timetable features work by renowned Swedish artist Gunilla Klingberg.
Klingberg has exhibited widely in Stockholm, Berlin and the UK with her work being represented in influential galleries such as the Moderna Museet Collection in Stockholm.
Called Wheel of Everyday Life, the art depicts everyday visual signs and symbols seen at railway stations. It will be on display at stations along the entire Chiltern route.
Klingberg said: “In my art, I draw on inspiration from the public, urban landscape, from where I collect objects, visual signs and symbols, using these as a raw material for creating images, sculptures and patterns.
“My artwork explores how patterns of behaviour become routine, especially if we travel often, taking the same journeys day after day. The image plays with the passengers’ routine behaviour, when movements and habitual patterns become established over time. Together, they create a wheel of everyday life.”
Rob Brighouse, managing director at 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.
“This is our first artistic collaboration and showcases how art has the power to make everyday items and spaces more memorable and interesting.”
Gavin Wade, director of Eastside Projects, added: “We are proud to work with Chiltern Railways to achieve our aims of making art public.
“This is an important contribution to add a moment of magic to the journeys of thousands of people between the centres of Birmingham and London with a visionary international artist.”
As part of the Chiltern Art Collaboration, the train operator is also working with musician and artist Bill Drummond on several initiatives as part of several projects he is undertaking in Birmingham this year.