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Eye-Catching Railway Art for Weary Travelers

by . May 18th, 2012

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Public transportation is a convenient service to those of us who do not have our own cars. Riding trains and buses in the metro is a common way for one to get around the city in a fast and cheap way. Most underground train systems look dismal with advertising posters on grimy walls. However, we decided to take a look at train systems in cities that foster good architecture and art in their subways.
Operators of metros or underground railways must have felt the need for these spaces to be more colorful and pleasant for the passengers. Tell us about the ones you encounter in your daily commute through Facebook or Twitter. Meanwhile, here are the ones that made our list of the best railway art that includes murals, sculptures, and Baroque-style architecture!
Paris Metro

The Paris Metro is known for its Art Nouveau architecture. The entrances have become iconic because of their look. Glass canopies and cast-iron balustrades are among the most elaborate designs. The latter ones are made of stone, metal, and stainless steel.

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Stockholm Metro

The Stockholm Metro is sometimes called the “world’s longest art exhibition” due to the several hundred pieces of artwork on display in the stations. Commuters are often treated to eye-candy that’s not usually seen in this type of setting. Temporary exhibitions are also often included to showcase the work of home-grown talents.

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Singapore MRT

While the early stages of the MRT’s construction is focused more on functionality rather than design, the interior design in some stations have improved over time. Murals and artwork found in Singapore’s Mass Rapid Transit reflect the distinct characteristics of the different stations.

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London Underground

The London Underground’s logo is one of the most recognizable logos of railway systems around the world. Poetry and visual arts take center stage in the aesthetics of Tube stations. Contemporary artists have contributed to the interior redecoration of The Underground, with pop culture references in the designs.

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New York Subway
Ceramic tile artwork, some dating back to the early 1900s, are used to decorate some stations. The New York Subway system also has an art program that promotes the use of public transportation.

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