Stockholm subway is the world’s largest public art gallery
Below the ground of Stockholm, the capital of Sweden and the largest city in Scandinavia, lies the world’s largest art exhibition. With 90 unique stations, the Stockholm subway represents a landmark of art in public spaces.
Stockholm subway’s first line open in 1950 and today, the extensive network of underground tunnels carries more than 1 million passengers every day to home or work or somewhere in between. And through the work of 150 artists, these daily journeys become all the more meaningful and acculturate for anyone roaming the Stockholm subway.
Here are 6 stations to prove that Stockholm’s subway system might be the world’s largest public art gallery
T-Centralen acts as the main hub of Stockholm’s subway. The blue station represents quite appropriately the main hub of the blue line, opened up for traffic in 1975 becoming the first station to feature artwork and begining the city’s underground art network.
Located in downtown Stockholm, Kungsträdgården, roughly translated to “King’s Garden” lies under a royal historical area rich in history and not only. The station is a case study for historians or artists, but also of interest for biologists as the underground tunnel developed its own and unique fauna and flora with very particular animal and fungi species.
Located under the Stockholm Court House from where the station got its name, the Rådhuset subway platform creates a surreal contrast between the raw and organic cave aesthetics with a strong, structural and imponent architecture feature as the column.
Tekniska Högskolan Station
The station below the KTH Royal Institute of Technology opened in 1973 with artwork by award-winning artist Lennart Mörk. The station is a celebration to some of history’s greatest thinkers such as Plato, DaVinci, Newton and their contributions to science and the fascinating history of the pursuit of knowledge.
Solna Centrum Station
Nicknamed “the gates of hell”, Solna centrum is one of Stockholm subway’s most visual striking stations due to the intense orange-red ceiling and meticulous details like trees and little houses, spread across the station walls.
Tensta is a suburb of Stockholm where many people moving into the city found residence in the 70’s. The station exhibits messages of welcoming, acceptance, equality, and love looking like a pre-history man cave full of rupestrian art.