Tales From The Thousand Lakes: Stockholm’s Colourful Metro Stations

1Painted blue vines climbing up a white cave in the T-Centralen station. 

Beneath the Swedish capital lies an intricate web of underground train lines. More than 90 of the 100 stations in the 110km tunnel system, sometimes referred to as “the world’s longest art gallery”, have been decorated with paintings, installations, mosaics and sculptures by 150 artists since the 1950s. After spending a couple of weeks exploring arctic Norway and Sweden, London-based travel photographer Conor MacNeill headed underground to capture images of the metro stations.

“They’d been famous among the world of photographers for a long time”, he says. “I wanted to see them for myself and take my own approach on the subject. I shot late into the night – I just keep getting carried away exploring”.

2Solna Centrum station on the blue line (T11).

3Kungsträdgården metro station on the green line of the Stockholm T-Bana.

4A rainbow arcs over a girl on the platform of Stadion station.

5Skarpnäck station. The granite seats are reminiscent of Stonehenge.

6Pipes come out of the ceiling at Universitetet.

7Akalla station, on the blue line.

8A woman stands on the platform of Tekniska Högskolan as a train rushes by.

9The escalators at Solna Centrum T-bana.

10A dodecahedron suspended from the ceiling at Tekniska Högskolan.

12Stripes on the platform of Duvbo station.

13Rådhuset (Court House) station, on the blue line.

14Huvudsta station.

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