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Museums and galleries aren’t the only places to see art in a city. There is art underground in many subway and metro systems around the world, and here are 15 works of art you can only find if you’re using public transportation.

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Travelers Stoked on this Gallery

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Kristin Conard

As a child, Kristin wanted to be a librarian, because she thought that the librarian was the one who got to write all the books in the library.

  • http://www.monkboughtlunch.com Stephen

    I have to suggest the inclusion of Tashkent, Uzbekistan as well. Epic Soviet-era art in almost every station in town.

  • http://nancylewis.blogspot.com/ Nancy Lewis

    I tried to guess where these were just by looking at the photo, before I looked at the location. Some were easy to guess, but others not. The installation in Singapore reminded me of public art works in Spain, for example. Cool stuff :)

  • Ruby

    These pictures are amazing !!

  • http://www.frankzweegers-kunst.nl Frank Zweegers

    Beautiful, the Kaohsiung.

  • http://matadornights.com Kate Sedgwick

    I have to take the subway in Stockholm before I die. That is so cool!

    • http://kristin5683.wordpress.com/ Kristin Conard

      I remember being so amazed at all of them. I wish every city had that kind of initiative!

  • Matt Shalvatis

    The Spirit of Sputnik, from the Kiev Polytechnic University Metro stop.  

    http://roadslesstraveledphotography.com/2010/08/04/the-spirit-of-sputnik/

  • goldy

    Great stuff. How about interactive art? The Kendall / MIT stop in Cambridge, MA has art that is fun to play with.
    http://www.archboston.org/community/showthread.php?t=1682 (this shows one of the instruments which you play from one side). There are multiple handles on each side which allows musical fun while waiting for the next train.

    • http://twitter.com/kristin5683 Kristin Conard

      That sounds pretty cool

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