Often described as the longest art gallery in the world, the Stockholm underground (in Swedish, ‘tunnelbana’) is an extraordinary example, on account of its many-faceted artistic expressions, of a reassessment of public urban areas.
After the first line opened in 1950, two artists, Vera Nilsson and Siri Derkert, presented plans to decorate the main station, T-Centralen, and bring those who use the underground closer to the world of art.
Since then more than 150 artists have worked hard to embellish almost all of the capital’s tube stops with paintings, graffiti, mosaics, sculptures and both permanent and temporary exhibits.
The stations involved in this project are often distinguished by works of art reflecting socio-cultural or historical themes, or those connected to places nearby.
Furthermore, in line with the principles of organic architecture, many of the city’s stations have walls covered in concrete, producing a more suggestive atmosphere on account of the misshapen rocks underneath.
Important Swedish and international artists have contributed to this immense project. And, owing to the numerous temporary vacant corners available, many upcoming artists have been able to exhibit their own creations in one of the world’s biggest and most-frequented artistic spaces.
Stockholm, August 2017