A colleague at work sent around a Powerpoint presentation of the amazing artwork on the Stockholm metro (tunnelbana) system. He didn’t realise that I had a connection with Stockholm and had even lived there for a couple of years. So I immediately felt homesick as soon as I saw pictures of familiar stations with their unique art and colour schemes.
The idea to make art more accessible to the general public started in the 50s and in 1957, T-Centralen was the first station to unveil its new look following a competition the previous year.
More than 90% of tunnelbana stations now have some sort of artistic feature making each one unique. Since the tunnelbana notches up 110 kilometres, it is considered the world’s longest art exhibition. Very impressive.
Here are some of my favourite stations that I have been known to frequent while in Stockholm. You can read more about the art at http://www.sl.se/templates/Page.aspx?id=4665
I found another website which has lots of information and photos about the tunnelbana if you’re interested.