Samara Scott creates first cover of London’s Night Tube pocket map

  • Words: Spindle

A new art series has been commissioned to celebrate the launch of London’s new Night Tube service, with the artwork to feature on the cover of the Night Tube pocket map. Since 2003, Art on the Underground has curated a series of artwork on the covers of the day tube map. The first piece for the Night Tube has been created by artist Samara Scott, who is perhaps best known for her mixed-media pieces of pools of water filled with litter. Her work often explores consumption and waste, and a world of decay and excess.

For the series Scott has created a night-time inspired photographic collage of suspended items, including cut electrical wires, lipstick, a felt tip pen, seeds, a screw, batteries, a bike light, a USB cable, and even a squeezed lemon. The artist captured the items on a scanner, leaving the dust on the surface to add depth and movement, while the purple background was created by shining light on an IKEA bag. The suspended items and sweeping background have a cosmic feel to it, and reflect Scott’s reoccurring theme of presenting what is at once both beautiful and grotesque.

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To coincide with the launch of the Piccadilly line night tube, the new map will be released tomorrow, Thursday 15th December 2016. A special edition print will also be available. For more information, check out Art for the Underground’s website.