Stockholm Subway – the World’s Longest and Most Beautiful Art Gallery

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Stockholm subway is said to be the world’s longest art Gallery – 110 kilometers long. Traveling by Stockholm Subway is like traveling through an exciting story that extends from the artistic pioneers of the 1950s to the art experiments of today.

Stockholm offers you some of the most exciting metro rides in Europe or what they call “world’s longest art exhibition”. Most of the city’s metro stations host some beautiful underground artwork, which makes every stop very unique and different. Tourists may consider this as their first introduction to the country’s history of art. One of them, Russian IT specialist Alexander Dragunov, shares his Stockholm underground experience through his stunning photos of the Solna Centrum station, where massive cave-like installations were created by Anders Aberg and Karl-Olov Bjor back in 1970s.

Instead of enclosing the tunneled-out rock like most other subway systems do, the designers of the Stockholm Metro left the rock exposed at several stations, and painted it different colors and designs depending on the station.

The result looks like a sci-fi movie set: Arches of brightly-colored jagged stone, perfectly lit, and accented by tile and designs that match perfectly.

Over 90 of the 100 subway stations in Stockholm have been decorated with sculptures, mosaics, paintings, installations, engravings and reliefs by over 150 artists.

From fake underground grottoes to giant bronze tulips, murals making statements on ecology to work by ‘the Swedish Banksy’, Stockholm’s metro stations are full of surprises.

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