Pining for the trains…

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



Solna Centrum:


I found another website which has lots of information and photos about the tunnelbana if you’re interested.


2 Responses to “Pining for the trains…”

  1. March 19, 2010 at 3:18 am

    I took a pic of the moose in a cabinet at Solna last week! I agree, the art works really help to humanise the place. Which reminds me, Devonshire Street tunnel needs some new art works.

  2. 2 twistinthedark
    March 19, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    The Devonshire Street tunnel is a shocker. They could do so much more with that to make it more pleasant.

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