By Cory Doctorow at 12:00 pm Tue, Oct 18, 2011
A Stockholm metro station has been redecorated with pixel-art inspired by classic games. They're lovely -- what a nice way to start your daily commute.
8-Bit Artwork In Swedish Subway System [buzzfeed.com]
Great, now I have an urge to play WonderBoy…
File under: Got Old, Real Quick
I wonder if they cleared the copyrights.
Sort of funny that Sweden produced both this and the works of Stieg Larsson.
yet another reason to love stockholm
Two suggestions. First, they really need to put a Mario-style “?” block on one of the walls, just above head-level for the average commuter.
Second, for the underground portion of the station, they need to play the “underground” music (cf. Super Mario Bros., World 1-2 et alia).
It’s all fun and games until someone gets a concussion looking for hidden coin blocks!
I went to and from the subway station for 3 years during high school. The station is namned “Thorildsplan” and was repainted in 2008.
Fun fact: Before the 8-bit paint job, the station featured poetry from a largely unknown and largely worthless 19th century poet. The walls were repeatedly sprayed with grafitti.
After the repaint, the grafitti artists left it alone. I guess the only way to stop grafitti is with pop culture art?
Love it! We created a pixelart homage to Megaman in our firm – you can see an image here: http://www.gsdesign.com/about/space
Pretty gutsy to include a bomb icon in a subway station. That kinna thing would never fly in the land of the free, home of the brave.
A nerd blessing for those who dream of pixels in bathroom tiles. :)
Love it. Looks really fresh and clean, something of a contradiction when it’s a railway station. And if the taggers leave it alone, so much the better.
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