Public art combines many of my favourite things – exploration, color and creativity. Bonus points if it’s something cute and child-One of my favourite activities is making silly poses in front of colourful things. So I was very happy to find that Stockholm’s metro system is a maze of rainbow murals. I have a lot of photos as we spent around three hours exploring underground. This time I’ll just write about Thorildsplan T-Bana – aka the 8-bit subway station.
Stockholm’s tunnelbana (subway) is frequently described as a 110 kilometer long art exhibition. I usually hate staying inside while the sun is shining (sunshine = happiness), never mind spending hours deep underground, but this unique subway system is far from dreary.
150 artists were involved in this project, with 90 out of the city’s 100 stations featuring some kind of decoration. We managed to visit about six stations that day. I’m not going to pretend I’m’ a connoisseur of art – honestly, I researched the cutest ones in advance and planned to visit those first. This station, one with little puffin sculptures and a station covered in rainbows were my top priorities.
I can’t overstate how much I love seeing art in mundane places. To me, it’s magical. My blog is all about finding heartwarming little things all everywhere I go. This station is a very good example of that – one Instagram user told me he passes through this station on his daily commute. Wouldn’t it make the journey just a little bit more pleasant to be immersed in 80s video game art for a few minutes? Another similar series are the comic book murals throughout Brussels. I can’t decide which I like more.
I can never resist a cheesy romantic photo. My boyfriend’s shadow is probably all you will see of him in this blog (other than the fact that I steal his photos a lot of the time). The art style is similar to the french street artist Invader. You can see my post on his work here.
Seriously, imagine commuting through this station, wouldn’t it be crazy? I think this is a wonderful idea and wish it would spread to public transport elsewhere.