A few days ago we were telling you about the amazingly beautiful metro in Moscow, but now it’s time for something different. As you’d expect, Stockholm is not a city where traditional art thrives – the Swedes love their modern art, and this is visible in many subway stations in their capital.
The first line of the Stockholm metro opened in 1950, and today the system has 100 stations in use, of which 47 are underground and 53 above ground.
The Stockholm metro system has been called ‘the world’s longest art gallery’, with more than 90 of the network’s 100 stations decorated with sculptures, mosaics, paintings, installations, engravings and reliefs by over 150 different artists.
Since the mid-1980s, the Stockholm metro has become a canvas for many graffiti artists, but in recent years, that trend has been eliminated, and all the graffiti has been eliminated. Trains with graffiti are taken out of service immediately and graffiti at stations is regularly cleaned up within a few days.