10 inspiring pieces of subway art and design

Words: Meryem Meg
Meryem Meg is a Leeds-based graphic designer and illustrator whose inspiration lies in melodic word play and typographic experimentation. Seen by millions of commuters on a daily basis, subway art is the perfect way for creatives and advertisers to showcase their work to a guaranteed audience, particularly if a level of ingenuity is employed. Times Square Train Station Mural
This subway mural is a fitting testament to the life and work of Roy LichtensteinPossibly the best known example of subway art, this 6-foot tall, 53-foot-long, enamel-on-metal mural was created by pop artist Roy Lichtenstein in 1994. Liked this? Famous buildings to inspire you creatively
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Inspiring examples of design portfolios The company used underground walls and pillars as a way to promote their iPod products to a mass audience in a colourful and lively way. She was asked to bring her unique vision to the London Underground Gloucester Road station, where she produced this beautiful and surrealist mural. 04. Chiho Aoshima
Aoshima’s playful images bring a smile to London commutersJapanese pop artist Chiho Aoshima is part of the Kaikai Kiki collective and her dreamlike art and playful visuals have been displayed across the world. The fantasy inspired visuals give the artist the platform for their work to exist but also offer passengers a unique experience through the city, brightening the often dull underground journeys. Tropicana
Tropicana’s subway campaign was anything but subtleAmerica’s favorite juice drink found another way to bring itself to everyone’s morning. IKEA
This makeover by furniture giant Ikea turned a train carriage into a homeIkea has taken product placement to new levels by placing its famous minimalist furniture across subway stations in Europe. The subway – also known as the Metro, Tube, or Underground, depending on where you are in the world – isn’t just a great way to get around a busy city quickly. This beautiful and colourful example is used as one of the designs that has been made permanent. Haring first came to public attention with chalk drawings in the subways of New York05. In this post we’ve collected together 10 inspiring examples of how clever subway art and design has made best use of the opportunities this unusual subterranean canvas presents… Tropicana came up with a huge advertising campaign, covering the New York City subway with its bright yellow designs. New Yorkers commuting between Grand Central Station and Times Square got a special treat this Thanksgiving03. He hit the headlines this month when his iconic designs were used this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and as part of the campaign he gave a makeover to this MTA subway shuttle with his distinctive character designs. Follow her on Twitter at @meryemmeg. The campaign took product placement to a new level09. Apple iPod
Apple brought its dayglo sensibilities to stations around the globeApple saw subway stations across the world as a perfect platform for their products – one that communicates well to a fast moving society. Art For Transit
Art for Transit has commissioned some amazing pieces of subway art for New York, some of which have become permanentArt for Transit is a great initiative taken in New York City, which commissions different artists to come and make their mark in different subways. KAWS
Brian Donnelly’s iconic designs marked Thanksgiving this year in New YorkKAWS is Brain Donnelly, a visual artist from New York whose work has appeared internationally and has allowed him to collaborate with creative people from all fields. From the inside of carriages to the platforms, passengers are made to feel as if they haven’t yet left their houses. Read these! Olympics 2012
Visitors to London this summer were left in no doubt the city was hosting the OlympicsEarlier this year, the London Underground came under pressure to deliver a large number of additional passengers due to the 2012 Olympics.

Updated: 13.12.2014 — 21:16