Top 10 Places to Find Great Subway Art
Brussels Subway System
Stuyvenbergh, a group of sculptures that represent Belgium's queen and her family, adorn the Brussels subway system
Although better known for their grunge and graffiti than for their esthetics, subway stations around the world offer commuters some pretty interesting artwork to ponder. VirtualTourist.com make their picks for the world's best places for great subway art.
Were it not for the lack of crowds it might be easy for passengers exiting at the Louvre-Rivoli stop to think they were actually already in the museum. Spotlessly clean (most of the time), the station features well-lit, meticulously displayed ancient works of art just feet from the tracks. Thieves take note -- anything on show here is only a replica.
With dozens of works on display in stations around the city, this is a city that is really committed to keeping its commuters aesthetically happy. One especially notable exhibit is Stuyvenbergh, a group of sculptures that represent the country's queen and her family. Interestingly, the artist has chosen to place the large statues in the actual tunnels.
In a country known for its tiles, it's a sure bet there'll be some fabulous subway art. While there are some sculptures and even some paintings, the majority of the works appear directly on the wall tile itself. Perhaps most notable in the collection are the retro, geometric designs of artist
The art here is not only meant to inspire the creative, but to deter vandalism, according to the system's website. Of special interest is the city's Kungstradgarden station which, among other things, features a display of an archeological dig of sorts, which contains the remnants of demolished city buildings.
Whimsical, clever, and downright fascinating, the
Restored in 2008, "Masstransiscope" is a dynamic work installed in 1980 that works much like a child's flipbook. Posted on the tunnel walls, the series of small images appear to be in motion to riders passing by.
Just one among many exhibits in the
While it may be most famous for music and cars, the art in
Work at these stations ranges from ceramics to Incan murals to artifacts found when the lines were excavated. For a good laugh, visitors should check out the giant flapper girl head that is painted directly over a tunnel entrance on Line H.
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