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Posts Tagged ‘ Subway ’

Metro Napoli’s Art Stations


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Metro Napoli’s Art Stations. The Art Stations program has been going on for some time with artists, designers and architects, including, Alessandro Mendini, Anish Kapoor, Gae Aulenti Jannis Kounellis, Karim Rashid, Michelangelo Pistoletto and Sol LeWitt contributing. The station is on Via Toledo (Via Roma), one of the main shopping streets in Naples. A second entrance to the Toledo Station will open in February 2013 in the Spanish Quarter, Quartieri Spagnoli. Oscar Blanca also designed the public squares above the two metro entrances. The Toledo station is one of the deepest in the line at 50 meters, and it is themed around water and light.

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New York Photo Series by Thomas Ciszewski


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Check out these photos that was taken in New York by Thomas Ciszewski. He really has a way of capturing the city.

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New York’s Hidden Subway System.


Deep in the belly of New York’s subway system, a beautiful untouched station resides that has been forgotten for years with only a limited few knowing of its existence. Stunning decoration with tall tiled arches, brass fixtures and skylights run across the entire curve of the station, almost a miniature imitation of Grand Central Station… But it sounds like something straight out of Ninja Turtles, right?

It was opened in 1904, with the hope of making it the crowning glory of the New York subway system in elegant architecture and a place for commemorative plaques to honor the work that had resulted in such a successful underground mass transit system. It was to be the original southern terminus of the first ‘Manhattan Main Line’; however the station was closed and boarded up in 1945. The gem of the underground began gathering dust, forgotten by the general public, as passengers were forced off at the Brooklyn Bridge Stop before the train continued on to the terminus to make its turnaround.

The reason for its closure was that newer longer cars were required to match the demand of passengers that passed through the system. But as the stations tracks were severely curved, a dangerous gap between the train doors and the platform was formed making it an unsafe area. This combined with the fact that only about 600 people used it, resulted in its closure with only mythical plans of turning it into a transit museum. But this was never followed through.

However, now you don’t have to take my word that the secret City Hall Station exists, as the 6 Train will now allow the passengers who have been enlightened with the knowledge of its whereabouts to stay on the train during its turnaround and see the Station. You won’t be able to get off, but you’ll be taken for a slow tour of the platform and see what a beauty it was in its heyday.

And if that isn’t enough, The Underbelly Project has turned it into a kind-of off-limits art gallery. They are a group of street artists who have painted the walls of the unattractive concrete areas with their art in a spooky art exhibition that will be witnessed only by urban explorers who prowl the deep train system at night and Metropolitan Transportation Authority workers.

But if you want to go and view these art works, you will most definitely run the high risk of being arrested as venturing the tunnels is both highly illegal and dangerous.  I’ll just stick to seeing the photographs as I’m pretty sure my search for art would turn into a horror story down in the black tunnels… or I’d get hit by a train.

Crazy Subway Architecture


So as I’m sure everyone is aware, I’m located in the Bay Area of California, and for those who don’t know, the local subway system is referred to as B.A.R.T (Bay Area Rapid Transit). Many of the stations differ in appearance, but none of them are anywhere near as spectacular as some of the european subway stations below. Check the method below. (And my appologies for not having the specific information about what country each stop is located.)

 

Solna Centrum Station

 

 

 

T-Centralen Station

 

 

Stockholm Tunnelbana Station

 

 

Georg-Brauchle Ring Station (Installation by Franz Ackermann)

 

 

Bilbao Metro Station

 

 

 

Bund Sightseeing Tunnel

 

 

Trains In The Bund Sightseeing Tunnel

 

 

The Bund Sightseeing Tunnel

 

 

Iidabashi Station

 

 

Iidabashi Station 2

 

 

Komsomolskaya Station

 

 

Museum Station

 

 

Drassanes Station

 

 

Drassanes Station 2

 

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