Underground in Sweden

Posted by on December 12, 2011

Underground trains have always seemed exotic to me, small town midwestern girl that I am.  I was 17 the first time I rode on one (the metro in Washington DC).  Since then, I have traveled quite a bit and have taken public transportation all over Europe.  However, I have never been to Stockholm.  It has always been either too cold or too expensive for me (although I do have a daydream about buying a Volvo through the overseas delivery program).

Perhaps while I am there (before picking up my new convertible), I will have a chance to see Stockholm’s Metro system.  The tourist information calls it the longest art gallery in the world, but wikipedia says Moscow might have a claim.  At any rate, 90 of the 100 stations are permanent art installations.  Each station is different, and you can see sculptures, mosaics, paintings, installations, engravings and reliefs by over 150 artists.

My favorites are on the blue line, where they used a different technique:  “Instead of cladding the rock in concrete, as during the 1960s, in the 1970s the approach was to cover the rock face with a layer of sprayed concrete 7 to 8 cm thick. The water was drained away in pipes behind the concrete. The sprayed concrete follows the shape of the rock, giving an illusion of a station in a cave.”

I particularly enjoy the “archeological dig” installations.

All images from damncoolpictures.

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