Underground art in Stockholm


             Jenny, this is for you 

         Metroul in Stockholm, ce are asa de special? Pai este ceva mai interesant, avand in vedere ca este supranumit “cea mai lunga galerie de arta”. Era o vreme cand circula un .ppt prin email cu imagini spectaculoase din metroul din Moscova dar multi nu stiau ca si Stockholm are 90 din cele 100 de statii decorate, pictate sau sculptate, gravate, mozaicate.

Deschis in 1950, azi are 100 de statii, 47 sub pamant si 53 pe deasupra, deserveste orasul dar si suburbiile. Are 3 linii principale si din fiecare se mai despart ramificatii. Orasul este incredibil de bine acoperit si ce-i drept distantele dintre statii, mai ales in centru, sunt destul de mici.

Ca sa fac o comparatie cu Bucuresti, la noi a inceput sa functioneze in 1979 si acum are 51 de statii, cum se anunta magistrale noi sper ca va creste rapid infrastructura dar sper ca se va gasi si o solutie pentru fluidizarea traficului la ore de varf, mai ales dimineata. Dar cum nu depinde numai de Metrorex ci si de calatori, probabil o sa dureze destul.

Am vizitat doar cateva, adica sa ma dau jos si sa fac fotografii. Ultima mea vizita in Suedia a fost destul de rapida si cu putin timp liber dar am tinut mortis sa vad macar cele mai celebre statii. Mare mi-a fost mirarea cand mi-am exprimat dorintele turistice catre prietena mea din Stockholm, nu era foarte convinsa ca merita un “extra-trip”. Cred ca este vorba de sindromul ” este orasul in care locuiesc, le vad zi de zi si nu mi se mai pare ceva special” asa ca ii dedic cu drag aceasta postare, pentru redescoperirea unei particele din orasul ei.

Apropo de asta, eram la un moment dat intr-una din statii si ma plimbam cu scarile rulante in sus si-n jos ca sa prind tavanul si remarcam oamenii ce treceau cum se uitau sa vada ce o fi vazut nebuna de fotografiaza🙂.

Daca dai un search pe Google sunt cateva articole iar unele fotografii sunt chiar spectaculoase, dar sunt modificate din punct de vedere al culorilor, sincer, m-am asteptat la mai mult cand am ajuns acolo, culorile nu sunt chiar atat de “vibrant” dar oricum, imi place ideea ca fiecare statie are o tema. De exemplu, Kungsträdgården, este ca un sait arheologic, acolo chiar sunt ramasitele fostului palat Makalös din vechiul Stockholm. Culorile smbolizeaza perioada baroca, verdele gradinile palatului, rosul – potecile iar albul marmura statuilor.

Stockholm’s subway, what is so special about it? Well, it’s called “the longest art gallery”. A lot of people know that the subway in Moscow is special, old paintings and sculptures in fabulous high ceiling stations, but how many know that, in Stockholm, 90 from 100 stations are decorated, painted or engraved.

Opened in 1950’s today it has 100 stations, 47 underground and 53 above the ground, it serves the city but also the suburbs. The city is incredible well covered with the network and in the city center the station are pretty close one to another.

Compared to Bucharest, the subway system was given for use in 1979, now it has 51 stations and a lot of new infrastructure is announced. But I also hope for a solution for the streamline of traffic since in the mornings it’s a living hell. It’s not only Metrorex’s fault but also the people…so it will take some time.

In Sweden I only visited some of them,  I mean to actually get out of the train and take photos since my last visit in Sweden was kind of fast and just a bit of free time. But I still wanted to see those stations. I was very surprised when I expressed my desire to my Swedish friends; she was not convinced that it’s worth an extra trip. But it’s only the “I live here, I see it every day, I don’t think it’s something special” syndrome. So, Jenny, this is for you🙂.

By the way, at some point I was in Radhuset, I think and I was trying to photograph the ceiling and the few people there were looking in that direction to see what was so interesting🙂 .

If you try a search on Google, you will find some articles and some awesome pictures with the subway stations just that….some of them are a bit modified, the colors are not so bright and vibrant, I can say I was expecting more but I still enjoy very much the idea and the fact that most of the station have a theme.

For example, Kungsträdgården it’s like an archaeological site, you can find there the remains of Makalös palace of Old Stockholm. The colors symbolize the baroque period, green for the gardens, red for the gravel pathways and white for the marble statues.

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In statia “Solna Centrum”, predomina rosul intens si verdele. Anders Åberg si Karl-Olov Björk in 1975, varful erei industriale, au pictat activitatile in aer liber practicate in Suedia precum pescuitul si viata in salbaticia Nordului cu animalele ce sunt in pericol din cauza industrializarii.

In “Solna Centrum” the predominant colors are intense red and green. Anders Åberg and Karl-Olov Björk, in 1975, the peek of industrial era in Sweden, painted outdoor activities like fishing and wildlife from Sweden with animals threatened by industrialization.  

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Rådhuset, pe linia albastra, statie ce te duce la primaria orasului, este lasata roca expusa  dupa excavatii in stare naturala si, precum alte statii, foloseste ideea de arhitectura organica.

Pe de alta parte se poatee interpreta si ca interiorul unui vulcan…

On the blue line, Radhuset, the station next to the City Hall, has exposed bedrock painted in red. Like many other stations is using the concept of organic architecture. 

On the other side you can take it as the interior of a Volcano…

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Östermalmstorg, statia de metrou din districtul boem al Stockholmului, Östermalm, pe linia rosie, are peretii umpluti cu desene de Siri Derkert ce reprezinta drepturile omului, pacea mondiala si miscarea verde.

Östermalmstorg is the station in the heart of the hipster district of Stockholm, Östermalm, on the red line and it has the walls full of drawing of Siri Derkert that represent human rights, world peace and the green movement.

Ostermalmtorg

Ostermalmtorg

Febra jocurilor olimpice a ajuns si in undergroundul suedez, statia de metrou Stadion decorata in stil olimpic. Este un curcubeul colorat, imens, pictat pe roca si este ca un mini tunel intre peroane iar culorile duc cu gandul la cercurile olimpice. Este chiar o senzatie faina sa vezi coloritul acela. dupa cum se poate vedea intr-un din imagini, este dedicata Jocurilor Olimpice din 1912 ce s-au desfasurat chiar pe stadionul din Stockholm.

The fever of the Olympic Games got to the Swedish underground in “Stadion” station, decorated with Olympic motifs. There is a big rainbow on a little tunnel between the platforms in the colors of the the Olympic circles.  It is such a nice sensation there! As you can see it’s dedicated to the Olympic Games held in the Stockholm stadium. 

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Mai sunt si altele, de exemplu nu am mentionat de T-Centralen care este capatul, buricul si statia unde se intalnesc toate liniile dar tot acolo gasesti si trenurile si autocarele si pe linia albastra este pictata cu…motive albastre pentru efectul calmant al culorii…ar fi mult de spus, cert este ca daca ajungi acolo o plimbare nu strica. Imaginile de mai jos sunt cu o alta statie, Alby care nu e celebra dar mi-a placut mie.

There are also other stations like T-Centralen, the main station where all subway lines meet and trains and buses, and on the blue line the station is painted with…blue motifs for the calming effect of the color.

Its a lot to say but if you get there you should not miss a ride trough the longest art gallery.

This station is Alby, not so famous but I like it.

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Ce parere ai? Ai vrea sa faci un tur turistic mai neobisnuit? Cum ar arata metroul Bucurestean pictat si ce crezi ca s-ar potrivi la noi?

What do you think? Would you take an unusual touristic tour?

How do you think this would fit the Bucharest subway? Would you see it painted, if yes, how?

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