Unlike the cave-looking Stockholm’s Subway Art, the Moscow and St. Petersburg Metro system makes you think you are in some palace or museum instead of metro station. Those amazing shots are captured by Canadian architect turned photographer David Burdeny, who is the only photographer in the world to have been granted permission to shoot at these locations after they had been emptied of passengers. It took Burdeny over a year to gain permission to pursue this project, and he was forced to rent the stations by the hour and shoot only after midnight. But the result is impressive, which is not only a stunning display of architecture, and was one of the USSR’s most extensive architectural projects. The whole idea of those radiant style was from Stalin’s direction, who wants to create structures that forced citizens to look up to fully admire them, similar to how one is forced to look up to regard the sun—an action of worship that Stalin thought then extended onto himself. Not matter whether you like the idea behinds those structures and decoration, you might still admit, these station are quite remarkable.
There are over 100 little cast-bronze sculptures located at the 14th Street and 8th Avenue station in NYC. This project is called “Life Underground” and was started by artist Tom Otterness back in 2002. However, he probably could never have imagined how popular it would become. The whole installation project took 10 years to complete and the artist ended up making four times the amount of work he was originally commissioned to create.
In most cities with subway, the most common “decorations” are advertisements. And most stations are utilitarian structures that were designed without much aesthetic consideration. While things are totally different in Sweden. Running 110km underground in Stockholm’s Tunnelbana (subway) is the world’s longest art exhibition, with paintings, sculptures, mosaics and installations created by 150 artists since the 1950s in more than 90 of the city’s 100 stations. Stunning murals and playful art installations adorn the cave-like walls and ceilings. Click through to see some some of our favorite Stockholm Metro stations and find out more with the source links!