Renovated Buenos Aires Subway Line Puts The “A” In Artwork

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Graffiti Artist Martin Ron

The Plaza de Mayo station will feature 15 murals from BA graffiti artist Martin Ron.

The “A” Line of the Buenos Aires Subte reopens this week, and new Chinese trains aren’t the only upgrade passengers will notice along the century-old subway line.

The seventeen stops from Carabobo to Plaza de Mayo will look more like underground art galleries than subway stations, according to La Nacion’s Laura Rocha.

All “A” Line stations have been scrubbed, patched, repainted and filled with original artwork and reproductions from Argentine artists like Marta Minujin, Benito Quinquela Martin, Gustavo Godoy, Julio Lavallen and Claudio Gallina.

In addition to new murals and paintings, stations like Piedras and Loria will feature tango photography exhibitions, while the Plaza de Mayo terminus will feature 15 works from BA graffiti artist Martin Ron. Other “A” Line station upgrades include the installation of new signage, fans, free WiFi and flat-screen LEDs on all platforms.

While obviously delivering a more pleasant visual experience, the renovated “A” line will also sound and smell better. Rocha says the 45 new Chinese cars will zip along the renovated rails silently, while the on-board air conditioning systems will actually emit a light perfume…an Eau de Subte if you will. (Full Story in Spanish)

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