Stockholm metro art. The Stockholm subway system runs for almost 70 miles. Travelling through the metro system is much like a journey through an exciting story which includes the artistic pioneers of the 50’s through to the experimental art of today. There are 100 subway stations in Stockholm and over 90 of them are decorated with mosaics, installations, sculptures, paintings, and engravings, with the work of over 150 artists. It’s a truly stunning experience and an inexpensive way to explore Stockholm’s art and culture, but the stations below are particularly spectacular.
The Blue Line
This is the first stop on the Blue Line and perhaps the most dramatic installation of Stockholm metro art. It features vibrant colors and an abstract design. It was originally painted in 1977 by Ulrik Samuelson, but there were additions in 1987. The ceiling artwork is located at the Arsenalsgatan exit.
This work honors the all of the workers than worked the station. Rather than putting their names on the wall, artist Per Olof Ultvedt painted blue silhouettes of the workers.
It’s the busiest of stations and commuters often overlook the multi-colored glass tiles along the walls. This is called Klaravagnen and designed by Erland Melanton in 1958- it as one of the first installations in the network.
Directly above this station is Stockholm’s Court House, and the name itself means court house in Swedish. The Stockholm metro art on this station is of Sigvard Olsson’s design resembles an excavation site. Many of the objects used to decorate the cave were found in the excavation work while the metro was being constructed.
The artistry was designed by Anders Aberg and Karl-Olov Bjork, using green and dark red as the background for the work. It’s also the deepest station in the city, located 16.5 meters below sea level.
Helga Henschen is the artist behind this work, “A rose for immigrants”. It is a nod to the many immigrants that live in the surrounding area. The cave is filled with poems and texts in different languages, and adorned with drawings of trees, animals, and flowers. Brotherhood is painting in 18 paintings, in 18 different languages.
The Green Line
This features subtle Stockholm metro art, featuring vintage signposts and light teal tilework. Gun Gordillo, the artist, made some additions in 1998, creating 103 strips of neon lights on the ceiling.
This station is stunningly simple, tile designs that feel pixelated, and feel like Mario Kart. This design was by Huck Hultgren and Lars Arrhenius.
The second to last station on the green line, used by almost 7,000 every day. The artistic décor was designed by Gert Marcus and features luminescent lines on the tracks, with change colors, changing the cave’s perspective.
The Red Line
This is truly spectacular Stockholm metro art, with shades of white, grey, and blue on the walls and ceilings, resembling winter weather. There is a dodecahedron suspended from the ceiling, and all of it was designed by Lennart Dark.
Stadion station is covered in brightly colored sculptures and rainbow colored signs, and an arching rainbow at the top of marbled blue walls. It was designed by Ake Pallarp and Enno Hallek in 1973, commemorating the 1912 Stockholm Olympics.