#4: Subway art - Ulrik Samuelson @ Kungsträdgården

Did you know that Stockholm has a 110 km long art exhibition underground? The subway stations are filled with word class modern sculptures, mosaics, paintings and installations. One of our faves are the station in Kungsträdgården, so in August we decided to go there. It was designed by artist Ulrik Samuelson 1978-1986 and is filled with symbolic imagery. We a explored a place most people just pass through in their morning hurry.

About the artist

Ulrik Samuelson, born 1935, is a Swedish artist who amongst other things has designed the metro station at Kungsträdgården Stockholm. Samuelson has also done the art piece "Parabol" outsige Hötorgsskrapa 3 at Sveavägen in Stockholm, transformed the entrance of Stockholms Stadsteater in a Shakesperian fashion, and exhibited in several institutions internationally including The New Museum of Contemporary Art in the USA; The Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in France; and Louisiana in Denmark.

Kungsträdgården's metro station

Kungsträdgården is a station of the Stockholm metro, located in the district of Norrmalm. It is the end station of line 10 and line 11 and was opened on 30 October 1977, as the 91st station. The platform is located approximately 34 meters underground. The station features relics rescued from the many buildings pulled down during the redevelopment of central Stockholm during the 1950s and 1960s throughout the station.

Banner photo: Elin Torstenson