Normally our HSW locations are about a great place to eat, a majestic island to visit, international travels etc. We decided to switch it up this week and focus on the art that we may see every day but may not pay attention to. If you live in a city and use public transportation chances are throughout your busy day of running errands, rushing to work and/or appointments you have probably been in or travelled through a metro station or two. Have you ever looked at the artistry in the architecture?
Today’s hot spot is focused on beautiful Metro Stations. Earlier this month Boredpanda.com released a list of their top picks of the most beautiful metro stations around the world. They also extended an offer for visitors to the website to expand the list by sharing photos of their beautiful metro stations in their towns.
Here’s our top 5 picks…Have you visited any of these?
#5. Arts Et Mériers Station – Paris, France
It opened on 19 October 1904 as part of the first section of line 3 opened between Père Lachaise and Villiers. The station serves both Line 3 and Line 11
#4. City Hall Station – New York, NY
Holy Wizarding World of New York?? Although this looks like a scene from the famous Harry Potter movies it is actually NYC best kept secret. The line, opened in 1904, was intended to be a showpiece and crown jewel of the new subway system. Unlike the rest of the line, City Hall featured tall tile arches, brass fixtures, and skylights that ran along the entire curve of the station. The station was closed on on December 31, 1945 due to an immediate need to expand the original IRT line with newer, longer cars. The gorgeous wrought iron skylights were covered over and the station was boarded up. Although it is not open to the general public you can still experience the beauty of the station. Ever ride the 6 train? The 6 train used to make all passengers leave the train at the Brooklyn Bridge stop, but no longer. If you have a little extra time, you can stay on the train and view the City Hall Station as the train makes its turnaround.
#3. Avtovo Metro Station – St. Petersburg, Russia
It was designed by architect Ye.A. Levinson and opened as part of the first Metro line on November 15, 1955. Avtovo's unique and highly ornate design features columns faced with ornamental glass manufactured at the Lomonosov factory.
#2. Bund Sightseeing Tunnel – Shanghai, China
Fun for the young and the young at heart. The Bund Sightseeing Tunnel is one of Shanghai's top five tourist atrractions and it's also one of its strangest. Bizarre, trippy audio-visual effects play as you travel in an automated car 'into the core of the Earth' under the Huangpu river. It runs from The Bund to Lujiazui, close to the Pearl Tower and costs 45RMB for a one-way trip or 55RMB for a round-trip.Open from 8am-10pm daily.
#1. Formasa Blvd. Station – Kaohsiung, Taiwan
The station is a three-level, underground station with an island platform and two side platforms. It is located at the junction of Jhongjheng and Jhongshan Road and has 11 exits. The station serves both the Orange Line and Red Line.
Art is all around us. So the next time you’re out and about to look around your neighborhood metro stations and see if you can discover some art yourself. See Full List