The V&A Museum has opened a new exhibition celebrating the history and biodiversity of the London tube seat.
‘30 years of fluids’, which launched today, will look back at the moistures contained in the seats of trains on each of the underground’s 11 lines.
London tube seats are officially the most absorbent in the world, with each one containing multiple samples of every single known bodily fluid, as well as several that are unknown.
Geraldine Marks, the V&A’s chief curator, said: “It’s just so amazing to think what a rich part of London’s heritage these tube seats make up.
“If you think life above ground is interesting, but scientists have found entire ecosystems on many, many of these seats.
“We’ve learned so much about the conditions required for natural life to form by studying these tube seats. I’m talking tens of thousands of new amoeba. If you hit a seat, and see a big puff of dust come up, that’s essentially a nuclear annihilation of these budding civilisations. Really, you’re playing God.”
A spokesperson for TfL said: “It’s about time this icon of London life – literally a part of the city’s fabric – gets the recognition it deserves.’ She kissed a tube seat to make the point, before promptly dying of a never-before-seen strain of super-emphysema.
A V&A source told us that scientists proposed a similar exhibit for the London night bus seats, but preliminary tests suggested the results may be too horrifying for human eyes.
By Daisy and David Bard