25 September 2017

Subway art. Art in the Subway.

arte metropolitana

The world’s most beautiful stations and subway stops

 

“Beauty will save the world”

(Dostoyevsky)


Hurry down the subway steps.

In the city’s subterranean areas, the trains race through the tunnels, out of reach from the sun’s rays and where mute gray cloaks the cement walls.

Or maybe not.

 

Sometimes, deep underground, an incredible world awaits you.

It is where urban planning meets art.

 

These are the subway stations transformed into artistic exhibitions to be enjoyed ‘on the go’, between one stop and another.

Picture galleries on the platform, created to offer beauty at zero cost, and made to offer elegance that turns an ordinary day into something special.

Underground museums. Or better, art galleries in the literal sense of the expression, where the tunnels are set alight with color and the walls emanate harmony.

 

A trend that taken off in every corner of the world, from Europe and America to Asia:

from Marble Arch in London to the Arts et Métiers Station in Paris, from the Westfriedhof in Munich to the Szent Gellért Ter in Budapest, from Avtovo in St. Petersburg to Mayakovskaya in Moscow.

And then there are more, BurJuman Station in Dubai, Bund Tunner in Shanghai and Formosa Boulevard in Kaohsiung in Taiwan, Champ di Masr in Montreal and the City Hall Station in New York.

 

Stockholm – in Sweden – has made its subway stations into one of the cities guided attractions: the Tunnelbana extends for over 110 kilometers and shows works by more than 150 artists.

From stop to stop, the largest art gallery in the world dives into the most varied contexts and influences with the most incredible creations.

The most fascinating has to be Solna Centrum – on the blue line T11 – with its sky in scarlet rock and the black silhouette of a forest that stands out against it.

 

But art belongs to Italy more than anywhere else in the world.

Thus, Naples has instituted a unique project involving architects and famous international artists.

Metro dell’Arte aims to make the areas of mobility pleasant, placing inventions and works of art in the points of transit to create ‘obligatory museums’.

It is here, indeed, that the Neapolitan underground unleashes its marvels, with subway stops that are true installations that are on a par with even the most famous museums.

Above all others, it is Toledo that wins the award for being Europe’s most beautiful station. The line 1 station, designed by the Catalan architect Oscar Tousquets Blanca, is reminiscent of the sea, the element closest to the heart of every Neapolitan, as it submerges into the iridescent blue of the deep.