Gallery: Stockholm’s Subway System is the World’s Largest Underground A...

In most American cities, a ride on the subway isn't a particularly luxurious experience. Funding is in short supply for most of the country's aging rapid transit systems, and most stations are utilitarian structures that were designed without much aesthetic consideration. The situation in Sweden couldn't be more different. Metro stations in Stockholm have been elevated to veritable art museums with stunning murals and playful art installations adorning the cave-like walls and ceilings. Click through to see some some of our favorite Stockholm Metro stations!

The Stockholm subway system is often described as the world’s largest art museum — for the price of a Metro ticket, you can enjoy impressive works of art spanning from the 1950s to the 2000s. The Metro spans more than 110 kilometers, and 90 of the 100 stations in the system have been decorated with world-class murals and sculptures from 150 different artists.

The T-Centralen station — the city’s central subway station — which was designed by Per Olof Ultvedt in 1975, is perhaps the most iconic of them all, and it features massive blue-and-white paintings on its cave-like ceilings. With its bright red walls and ceiling, the Solna Centrum station looks otherworldly. The Kungsträdgården subway station has been designed to look like an archaeological dig, and it features the remains of Stockholm’s old Makalös palace. And the Östermalmstorg stations features art by Siri Derkert that focuses on themes that include the environment and women’s rights.

Photos via Flickr users vargklo, SteFou!, Jon Åslund and rieo

Via Ego Alterego


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