Stockholm Underground Art in Metro Stations, Swedish Subway Architecture Images

Stockholm Underground Art in Metro Stations

Subway Buildings Sweden – public sculpture and artwork information + photos

28 Jul 2017

Stockholm Underground Art in Metro Station Buildings

Location: Stockholm, Sweden

Have you heard of Stockholm’s underground?

The underground in Sweden’s capital (in Swedish tunnelbana) is world’s longest art gallery, 110 km (68 miles). With art in 90 out of its 100 stations, created by over hundred different artists this art display is something out of the ordinary.

Rådhuset Station Stokholm underground
Rådhuset station. Photo: Arild Vågen, CC 4.0.

Art in the underground celebrating 60 years

The first plans of building a subway system started already in late 19th Century (1800s). At that time, the tram network wasn’t deemed sufficient for the city’s character and range. The first subway line was established in 1950s but it took another 7 years before the art installation at the T-Central (Central station) was inaugurated.

Exactly 60 years ago the metro was extended. In 1957, the two parts were connected via the Central Station (at T-Centralen and the Old Town (at Gamla Stan), forming the Green Line.

One of Sweden’s most famous writers August Strindberg started a debate within the art world making the statement “Art cannot continue to be exclusive to just some people, because then it won’t be long lived.”

This argument was a societal issue then, as much as it is now. In the 1950s the artists Siri Derkert and Vera Nilsson brought this to the forefront and turned this into a political debate, after research done in Paris, indicated that the Parisians spent four years in their lifetime on the subway. By installing art on the subway, the art could become more accessible to the public eye and have a positive effect on their everyday life.

The first competition in Stockholm was announced in 1956 and 21 different artists did later get the honor to install their art. Some artists had more radical ideas than others and in the 70s, a jury called Trafikens Konstnämnd – a committee deciding who can install art on the different stations – got established.

Expedia’s Stockholm Underground Art introduces the highlights of the public art works on the tube.

See at least these five stations

  1. Stadion– A tribute to the Olympic Games, which Stockholm hosted in 1912, and was the first with representation from all continents. The Olympic colours have been used to create a giant rainbow as you walk onto the platform.

Stadion station Stockholm underground |
Stadion station. Photo: Arild Vågen, CC 4.0.

  1. Högdalen– A station outside can sometimes feel very cold and lonely. So, the artist Birgitta Muhr has created several tulips to keep travellers company.

Högdalen station Stockholm subway art |
Högdalen station. Photo: Broberger, CC 4.0.

  1. Solna Centrum – To the untrained eye, this station is an explosion of intense colours. However the walls here are covered with issues relevant to 1970s Sweden: rural depopulation, deforestation and the new environmental movement.

Solna station Stockholm subway art underground
Solna station. Photo: Pudelek, CC 4.0.

  1. Kungsträdgården – The station has been transformed into an underground garden, with the prominent use of green symbolising life and nature. The station also tells the history of the former royal garden and the long lost palace of Makalösa.

Kungsträdgården station Stockholm underground art
Kungsträdgården station. Photo: Arild Vågen, CC 4.0.

  1. Hallonbergen – A number of children’s drawings have come to life at this station. You can even play hopscotch whilst waiting for your train.

Hallonbergenstation Stockholm underground art
Hallonbergen station. Photo: Jakub Halun (CC 4.0)

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Metro Station Buildings

Location: Stockholm, Sweden, north eastern Europe

Architecture in Sweden

Swedish Architecture Designs – architectural selection below:

Swedish Architecture Designs – chronological list

Stockholm Architecture Tours

Swedish Architecture – Selection

Stockholm Loop, Stockholm
Design: Belatchew Arkitekter
Stockholm Loop Housing Sweden
image Courtesy architecture office
Stockholm Loop Design

Discus – Nacka City’s New Landmark
Design: Belatchew Arkitekter
Discus Nacka City Landmark
image Courtesy architecture office
Discus Nacka City Building Design

Website: Stockholm Art in the Subway

Karolinska Institute Research Center

Novum BioCity Karolinska University Hospital Stockholm

Swedish Architect Offices

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Website: Stockholm metro