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Düsseldorf Inaugurates Ad-Free Subway System Filled with Public Art

Following fifteen years of planning and construction, a new subway line featuring art but no advertisements and collaboratively constructed by architects, artists, and engineers, will be opening in the city of Düsseldorf, according to Giovanna Dunmall in The Guardian.

“Normally the construction part happens first and then the artists are commissioned. Here the architects, artists, and engineers worked together from the beginning,” said Berlin-based artist Heike Klussmann, a lead designer of the project.

One station designed by Ralf Brög features sound corridors, while another at Graf-Adolf-Platz, by artist Manuel Franke, comprises layers of green rock strata, hand-painting, and laminated security glass.