8 subway stations with amazing art

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While many daily commuters would struggle to see the subway as anything other than a means to an end, there are a few cities around the world which have devoted resources to crafting high-designed, art-filled metro stations.

Though many daily commuters (but not The Muppets) would struggle to see the subway as anything other than a crowded and stressful means to an end, there are a few cities around the world which have devoted resources to crafting beautifully designed, art-filled metro stations. We’ve found eight of the most gorgeous in the world:

8 subway stations with amazing art
The metro station at Kievskaya © Viacheslav Lopatin, 2013. Used under license from Shutterstock.com

Kievskaya Station, Moscow, Russia

Chandeliers…in the underground? Moscow takes opulence to new heights (err, depths), with its lavish light fixtures, marble pillars, and colourful mosaics. Built in 1954, the station is meant to resemble a 19th century powder room.

8 subway stations with amazing art
T-Centralen. Photo: Guillaume Speurt

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T-Centralen Station, Stockholm, Sweden

The T-Centralen Station, all roughly carved walls and bright murals, is made to resemble primeval cave paintings. Conceived of by artists Vera Nilsson and Siri Derkert in the 1950s, the idea that art and public transportation belong together is now a given in Sweden.

8 subway stations with amazing art
Naples – Toledo Subway Station © edella, 2013. Used under license from Shutterstock.com

Toledo Station, Naples, Italy

The recently redesigned Toledo Station in Naples is stunning to behold. Walls, ceilings, and other surfaces are covered in a galaxy of blue and white Bisazza mosaic tiles, which gives the impression of being either underwater or in outer space.

8 subway stations with amazing art
Bund Tunnel © Bill Perry, 2013. Used under license from Shutterstock.com

Bund Sightseeing Tunnel, Shanghai, China

All right, so technically it’s not a station. But the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel, which goes between Puxi and Pudong under the Pu River, offers an exhilarating light show that are viewable by cable car.

8 subway stations with amazing art
Formosa Station © NH, 2013. Used under license from Shutterstock.com

Formosa Boulevard Station, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

One of the world’s most impressive public art installations, the “Dome of Light” that crowns the upper part of the Formosa Boulevard Station is a riotous expanse of rainbow-hued stained glass. Created by artist Narcissus Quagliata, the 30-meter-wide dome tells the story of human life.

8 subway stations with amazing art
Arts et Métiers Station © Christian Mueller, 2013. Used under license from Shutterstock.com

Arts et Métiers Station, Paris, France

Designed by François Schuiten, a Belgian comic book artist, the Arts et Métiers Station near to the Centre Pompidou gives travellers the surrealistic impression that they’re inside a Jules Verne-inspired submarine. The station’s brass walls, portholes, and cogs complete the nautical feel.

8 subway stations with amazing art
Subway in Prague © Jiri Vaclavek, 2013. Used under license from Shutterstock.com

Line A Stations, Prague, Czech Republic

The stations along Prague’s Line A metro line feature a playful and hard-to-miss design: the walls and ceilings are lined with Lego-like building block motifs. Though the general design is repeated in all stations, each one has its own colour scheme.

8 subway stations with amazing art
Champ-de-Mars Station. Photo: art_inthecity

Champ-de-Mars Station, Montreal, Canada

The platforms may not be anything special to look at, but the stunning Champ-de-Mars Station mezzanine incorporates one of Quebecois artist Marcelle Ferron’s most famous works. Featuring stained glass windows with geometric patterns, the station is regarded as an artistic masterpiece.

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(Featured image: Moscow metro station © Viacheslav Lopatin, 2013. Used under license from Shutterstock.com)

8 subway stations with amazing art was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Claire Bullen
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