Shanghai Metro announced that trains on two more subway lines, 8 and 10, now showcase printed works by artists like Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Zhang Daqian. All paintings are accompanied by a description (in Chinese only) with more information on the works and are part of a larger campaign by the Shanghai Metro to bring culture closer to the city’s commuters who will probably be too busy looking at their phones to care.
According to CCTV, Shanghai city already has 6 metro lines decorated with different themes from traditional culture to Western art and the local officials have announced 10 more lines are set to display artworks and cultural statements in 2014.
We do agree with one commuter who says that “most passengers just walk in looking down at their cellphone, so marks on the floor could lead their attention to the artworks.” Otherwise, we kind of doubt many people will notice that the drooling-baby food ads have been replaced by Picasso’s paintings.
In other subway news, the Qufu Road Metro station interchange between lines 8 and 12 is now open and traffic between the two lines is being diverted to a one-way route during rush hour. Artsy.
Meanwhile, passengers can scan the QR code pasted in corridors of the Qufu Road station with their smartphones to get information about the station facilities and directions to nearby neighborhoods.
By Andreea Dragut
[Image via CCTV]