If you live in a U.S. metro city that uses underground transportation, you’re familiar with appreciating something as simple as a train car with some air conditioning.
Particularly in New York City, it’s a relief to walk into a station without your face being engulfed in hot piss.
The heat is often so overwhelming that I’ve wondered how no one’s died from it, which was answered with this Summer’s tragic death of 21-year-old Fatoumata Diallo.
Rats fighting on the tracks, bed bug infestation, black soot and dust, missing chunks of walls and rotting infrastructure, flooded stairwells… the scene is depressing.
Health concerns aside, we try to convince ourselves that the filth and graffiti provides character!
To help create a more enjoyable commute, some stations commission an artist for a small installation or allow a fun brand take over such as Diesel‘s “Be Stupid.” campaign.
None of which are even comparable on any scale to how some cities around the world take the visual experience to another level including Dubai, Tokyo, Toronto and Stockholm, Sweden.
Stockholm’s Tunnelbanna is considered one of the most beautiful metro systems as well as the longest art exhibit in the world. Officially opened in 1950, it has 100 stations of which 47 are underground and 53 above ground. See the amazing artwork yourself below.
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