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    When the managers of Stockholm's underground railway complex outside plans for a extension to the city's system, they decided to call on the services of Sweden's top artists to help with the decoration of the new line.

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    When the managers of Stockholm's underground railway complex outside plans for a extension to the city's system, they decided to call on the services of Sweden's top artists to help with the decoration of the new line.

    The result is a riot of colour deep below the city's streets, which has earned new section the title of "the world's longest art gallery".

    The line covers 8.5 miles (13.7 kilometres) from the capital's central stations to the north-west suburb of Hjulsta, and takes in eleven stations. The overall cost of underground boring and rail installations has topped 83 million pounds sterling (174.3 million U.S. dollars). Just over one per cent of this total was given was given over to decoration.

    Stockholm's underground railway system was already one of the most beautiful in the world, its stations ornamented with ceramics, sculptures high relief and -- in the downtown Oestermalmstorg stop -- sandblasted graffiti.

    But much of the expense entailed in easing the monotony of underground travel was taken up with smoothing the rock-hewn walls to geometric curves. For the new T-Centralen to Hjulsta sections, the artist have concentrated on developing the grotto-like character of the stations.

    Each of the new cavern-stations was made the responsibility of one artist or group. There has been no attempt made to introduce any element of uniformity into the decorations....so each station along the route provides a complete contrast for the travelling public.

    At Tensta, huge murals bring a child's fantasy world to life, with rough sketched-like drawings using primary colours by Helga Henschen. The multi-lingual inscriptions along the platform walls point to this suburb's large immigrant community.

    Fantasy is also the theme at Hallenbergen, where the predominant colour is white, broken along the station expense by children's drawing and huge mobile-type figures and models. The station is the combined work of artists Elis Eriksson and Gosta Wallmark.

    In contrast, entering Solna Cental brings passengers face to face with Karl Olov Bjork and Anders Aberg's concern with the idyllic country pursuits of northern Sweden, now threatened by the dangers of pollution.

    Planners say they would have had to paint the stations anyway. Instead, for little extra cost, the city now has a maze of beauty and design to delight even the weariest commuters.

    SYNOPSIS: For passengers on Stockholm's new underground railway extension, the ride home is something more than a weary train-trip at the end of the day. It's an adventure ... for all eleven stations along the eight-and-a-half mile route are a riot of colour and drawings. The task of decorating the stations was given over to Sweden's top artists ... each following their own personal style.

    Stockholm's always been noted for its beautiful underground. Railway planners have sought to reduce the monotony of long journeys by bringing modern art and sculpture to the commuters. But, in the past, they've found much of the money allocated for decoration has been swallowed up something the rock walls to geometric curves. The new stations have changed that. The artists have concentrated on preserving the station's grotto-like character ... and adding a riot of colour and design.

    This is Tensta station ... the work of Helga Henschen. the huge murals bring a child's fantasy world to life... a joy for passengers old and young alike.

    At Solna Central -- midway between the northern terminus of Hjulsta and the city's main railway station -- a model of the White House ... a joint design by Karl Olov Bjork and Anders Aberg. They also parody some of the underground's main users...businessmen
    Altogether the decorations have cost something over one per cent of the new line's total 83-million pound cost.

    Fantasy's the theme again at Hallonbergen...huge models like this, the combined work of Elis Eriksson and Gosta Wallmark. Planners say they'd have to paint the stations anyway ..0. for almost no extra cost, they've got what's been called "the world's longest art gallery".

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAEJMG3GWJFFZMWAQHZ6S84CSL
    Media URN:
    VLVAAEJMG3GWJFFZMWAQHZ6S84CSL
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/12/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:54:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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