How the Stockholm Metro Doubles As An Underground Art Museum 

Are you someone who enjoys using the metro when they are out and about exploring a new place? If the answer is no, then Stockholm may change your mind. Because the Stockholm metro system is unlike any other metro system out there. Instead of graffiti, rats, and the smell of ammonia, the Stockholm subway system is said to be the world’s longest art exhibit, stretching over 110 kilometers.

The idea of integrating art into the Stockholm metro system dates back to the 1950s when the Stockholm City Council decided to allocate a percentage of the metro construction budget to artistic embellishments. This visionary initiative transformed the metro into a canvas for local and international artists to showcase their creativity, making it one of the world’s largest underground art exhibitions. So, let’s go over each of the stations and what they represent.

The Stations as Galleries

As we have already explained, each station along the Stockholm metro lines boasts its own unique artistic theme. So even just going from station to station will feel like an experience if you’re in Stockholm. From intricate murals to sculptural installations, every corner of these underground stations pulsates with creative energy. So, let’s explore what each of them has to offer.

T-Centralen Station

Let’s start with one of the most iconic stations in the Stockholm metro system – the T-Centralen. Designed by Swedish artist Per Olof Ultvedt, T-Centralen features captivating blue and white artwork reminiscent of an underground cave, invoking a sense of serenity amidst the bustling crowds. It truly looks so surreal, even in pictures. It is located in the Norrmalm borough of Stockholm. Or to be a bit more specific, between Sergels Torg and Vasagatan Street.

Solna Centrum Station

Solna Centrum Station is another notable gem, showcasing the vibrant murals of Swedish artist Karl-Olov Björk. This station will make you feel like you’re in an enchanted forest, even though you’re only finding your way through Sweden’s underground. Björk’s red and green landscape that stretches over the whole station will give you a glimpse into the country’s cultural tapestry. According to the artist, the station showcases “pictures that illustrated some of the most debated societal topics in 70’s era Sweden; the environment, deforestation, and the depopulation of rural areas”.

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Stadion Station

Stadion Station is a tribute to the 1912 Stockholm Olympics, featuring stunning mosaic artwork by Swedish artist Olle Magnusson. There’s even a gorgeous rainbow painted in bright colors on one of the station’s bright blue cave walls. This is actually pretty genius, considering that this is also one of the spots where Sweden’s annual Pride Parade is held.

Kungsträdgården Station

Kungsträdgården Station is perhaps the crown jewel of the Stockholm metro art collection. Renowned for its subterranean arboretum, the station boasts sculptural installations by artist Ulrik Samuelson, evoking the mystical ambiance of an underground forest. And be warned, because this station is actually known for its flora and fauna. In fact, it is the only place in Scandinavia where the Lessertia dentichelis spider can be found.

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