The BEST subway art in Stockholm
Updated: Jun 7
Are you planning a trip to Stockholm? Prepare to be astounded by the stunning artwork in Stockholm's subway stations! Stockholm subway art features the talents and efforts of dozens of artists, ranging from mosaics to line drawings and paintings to sculptures. While in town, someone told us that Stockholm's metro art is one of the world's most extended art galleries, with nearly 90% of the city's metro stations housing some art installation.
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The T-Centralen metro stop, one of Stockholm's busiest, is located right in the city's heart and serves several lines. To find Stockholm's metro art at T-Centralen, descend a few floors to the Blue Line. Once there, you'll notice Per Olof Ultvedt's impressive work, which covers the cave walls with beautiful blue leaves.
Tensta Station reportedly took over a year to paint and design and is easily one of Stockholm's most recognizable pieces of metro art. One of the things I like best about this station is how it promotes acceptance, equality, and love. Tensta has traditionally been where many new citizens would settle, and the artist wanted to send a welcoming message to all. What a lovely way to arrive in Stockholm! To get to Tensta, take the Blue Line from T-Centralen, which takes about 20 minutes.
So Stadion station is one of our favorite pieces of Stockholm metro art that can be found throughout the network. It's only a few stops from T-Centralen and is conveniently located on the Red Line. Once you exit the train, the rainbow archway is situated between the two platforms. It's impossible to overlook. The 10-minute journey from T-Centralen is worth seeing the beautiful art that ke Pallarp and Enno Hallek created.
Tekniska Högskolan station
This is one of Stockholm's metro art installations, created by artist Lennart Mörk. Tekniska Högskolan is located just outside of Stockholms stra train station. Tekniska Högskolan, situated on the Red Line, is a beautiful station that showcases scientific advances within the art itself.
Solna Centrum station
Solna Centrum, located on the Blue Line, is one of the most accessible works of art. Initially, the artist intended this space to be entirely green and red, but the artists gradually added new details over time. There were little houses, trees, and even rivers added. If you get on the metro at T-Centralen, the Blue Line will take you to Solna Centrum in about 16-18 minutes.
Kungsträdgrden Station is located on the Blue Line and is only a few minutes from T-Centralen. If you don't want to take the train, you can also walk 8 minutes from T-Centralen. Kungsträdgrden Station was designed around what's above the station, with the colors evoking the old French garden above.
Akalla Station, located at the end of Line 11 on the Blue Line, is another vibrant and colorful station to visit. This green station is worth seeing. It will take about 21 minutes to get from T-Centralen to Akalla Station.
It's easy to miss if you're traveling in this direction because it's located on the Blue Line between T-Centralen and lFridhemsplan. It's also an excellent place to stop if you're going to Solna Centrum.
Citybanan – Odenplan station
Citybanan, a new commuter train track connecting T-Centralen and Odenplan, was completed in 2017 with new platforms and art by 14 artists on the stations. "Life Line," which hangs from the ceiling of Odenplan's western entrance hallway, is one of Citybanan's most eye-catching pieces. David Svensson's work consists of jagged white lines of fluorescent light that shine brightly in the tunnels. The 400 meters of LED lighting serve a practical purpose. Still, they also have a personal meaning, according to art guide Marie Andersson: "The shape of the lights was inspired by the artist's son's heartbeats, as shown on the CTG-monitor during the childbirth."
Mörby Centrum station
Mörby Centrum's station art may appear unassuming at first glance. The color scheme is light and almost subdued, except for the colorful tilework embedded in the bedrock. However, as art guide Marie Andersson explains, color is an optical illusion. "The color of the walls changes depending on where you stand on the platform. The room appears white with a light pink hue from one end and white and grayish-green from the other ". The effect was created by lighting the wall and painting shadows from side to side. Gösta Wessel and Karin Ek, the artists, wanted to emphasize the changing landscape on a journey.
That concludes the best of Stockholm metro art. It's a fun activity, and we can't wait to go back to Stockholm and explore more stations. When writing, 94 subway stations in Stockholm have art in some form, with more lines and stations in the works. Have you gone on a subway art tour in Stockholm? Explore Stockholm or Malmö with us as well.