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To turn a boring metro station from a part of transportation system into a piece of art is a task for true artists...

To turn a boring metro station from a part of transportation system into a piece of art is a task for true artists...

<b>Formosa Boulevard Station, Kaohsiung, Taiwan</b>

It is the largest glass work in the world. The glass mosaic dome designed by Narcissus Quagliata consists of 4,500 panels. The dome depicts themes from the life cycle of the cosmos and creates a kaleidoscope effect as it covers the dome of 30 meters in diameter. It is the most popular place for wedding photo shoots in Taiwan. This artwork is located in the Formosa Boulevard Station between the Red Line and the Orange Line.

To turn a boring metro station from a part of transportation system into a piece of art is a task for true artists...

Olaias, Lisbon, Portugal

Construction of another stained-glass installation art coincided with the opening of 1998 Lisbon World Exposition. The outstanding design combining bright stain glass, tiles of various shapes, and formidable metal structures makes the Olaias station look like a mysterious underground town.
Now you see that metro can be an artwork.

To turn a boring metro station from a part of transportation system into a piece of art is a task for true artists...

Central Park Station, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Perhaps, that is why the station courtyard area is of the bright green color and has wind-mill shaped flowers so that the area resembles a giant flowerbed. The station was named after the nearby Central Park. According to the idea of British architect Richard Rogers, the green atmosphere created by the park should continue underground as well.

To turn a boring metro station from a part of transportation system into a piece of art is a task for true artists...

Madrid Atocha, Madrid, Spain

Atocha is one of the most important stations in whole Spain and the largest railway station in Madrid. Here journeys in three different directions start. The interior plaza in old Atocha station has a garden full of tropical plants and a pool with turtles.

To turn a boring metro station from a part of transportation system into a piece of art is a task for true artists...

Toledo Metro, Naples, Italy

The Toledo station has gained in popularity thanks to the stunning design covering the ceiling and walls so that it resembles falling snow or shining starry sky. Two of the mosaics enveloping escalators and corridors were designed by South African artist William Kentridge.This fairy-tale-like atmosphere was created by the Spanish firm of architect Oscar Tusquets Blanca.

To turn a boring metro station from a part of transportation system into a piece of art is a task for true artists...

Grand Central Terminal, New York, USA

Grand Central Terminal is included into the Guinness World Records as the largest railway station by number of platforms – it has a total of 44 platforms and 67 tracks. One of New York's symbols is Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan. Magnificent arch windows and columns decorate the departure lounge so that it resembles a vaulted temple. It is one of the most unusual railroad terminals in the world even besides its gorgeous design that distinguishes it from other dull stations.

To turn a boring metro station from a part of transportation system into a piece of art is a task for true artists...

Komsomolskaya station, Moscow, Russia

The station can boast of its majestic constructions, rich decorations, and bright colors. Posh chandeliers and stucco ceilings capture attention of all visitors who enter the station. The Komsomolskaya Moscow Metro station services three large railway terminals. Its interior combines elements of classicism, Empire style, and Moscow Baroque. The gilded-smalt mosaics on the ceiling were created by Pavel Korin.

To turn a boring metro station from a part of transportation system into a piece of art is a task for true artists...

Arts et Métiers, Paris, France

Neon lamps contribute to the atmosphere of deep diving. This Paris Metro station was developed by Belgian comic book artist François Schuiten and was named after the French engineering and research graduate school. Visitors of this station step into the world of Jules Verne and find themselves as if in a submarine with oval copper walls, large round illuminators made of thick glass, and giant gears that hang from the ceiling connected by a thick shaft of the crank mechanism.

To turn a boring metro station from a part of transportation system into a piece of art is a task for true artists...

Kungsträdgarden, Stockholm, Sweden

The station was opened only after a compromise was reached. The Stockholm metro is considered the longest art gallery in the world. Still, its construction is connected with a scandal. It was built right in a rock and features painted caves with Roman sculptures, fountains and comical installations. One of the station entries should have gone right into a park, which meant cutting of lots of old trees.

To turn a boring metro station from a part of transportation system into a piece of art is a task for true artists...

Westfriedhof, Munich, Germany

Concrete walls without finishing as well as giant yellow, blue, and red lamps create atmosphere of a science fiction. The station is situated near one of the city's cemeteries, and visitors might feel like they are closely examined under the bright light. However, citizens consider it more of a cozy room with soft light.

To turn a boring metro station from a part of transportation system into a piece of art is a task for true artists...

Khalid Bin Al Waleed, Dubai, UAE
Metro stations in Dubai are equal to posh halls of expensive hotels, and Khalid Bin Al Waleed proves it. Massive chandeliers symbolize water, but because of their shape they are known as giant jelly-fish among the citizens. The blue light only strengthens the resemblance.




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