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Riding the Tunnelbana – the painted caves of the Stockholm Metro

It’s been about a month since the site has gone on hiatus (hope you didn’t miss me too much!), I figured it might be nice to slowly bring things back with a post about some of my most recent travels. If you happened to read the piece that Atlas Obscura wrote about me not too long ago, you may remember me mentioning that one of the transit systems I’d really love to visit was Stockholm, Sweden’s Tunnelbana (Metro). In between ending my old job and starting my new one at Amtrak, I actually took a journey to Sweden so I could finally visit the system, known for its transit art, for myself.

Though the Tunnelbana has a wealth of stations filled with interesting art, it is some of the stations located deeper underground that have captured the interest of many riders and photographers. As a unique design choice, during the excavation of these stations the bedrock was left exposed, creating the feeling that you are deep inside a cave. Each cavern is painted wildly by an array of artists – some in pink camouflage, and others in bright primary colors. While some are clearly unnatural, others evoke a real sense of a hidden cave – painted in subdued colors with primitive illustrations of a mammoth and of the sun. And even others create an interesting interplay between the rough exposed rock, and walls of colorful polished tiles. Suffice it to say, the Stockholm Metro is quite an interesting, and exceptionally unique system.

Words, of course, can’t adequately describe the varied – and in some cases, downright wild – decor of these stations, so let’s take a little visual journey together!

Tensta

Tensta

Tensta

T-Centralen

T-Centralen

Stadion

Stadion

Stadion

Stadion

Solna Centrum

Solna Centrum

Solna Centrum

Rinkeby

Rinkeby

Rådhuset

Rådhuset

Rådhuset

Mörby centrum

Mörby centrum

Akalla

Västra skogen

Universitetet

Universitetet

Universitetet

Kungsträdgården

Kungsträdgården

Kungsträdgården

7 thoughts on “Riding the Tunnelbana – the painted caves of the Stockholm Metro

  1. Impressive digital art! (Because there’s no way these places can be real!)

    Looks like I have another entry on my list of places to visit someday…

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