#Naples Italy: re-opening of the Toledo station on the Metro dell’arte

Photo from Wikimedia commons is in public domain
Photo of Metro sign from Wikimedia commons is in the public domain

My Italian friend sent me a link to a very interesting article about the re-opening of the Toledo metro station along the metro line in Naples known as the Metro dell’arte (Art stations of Naples Metro – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_Stations_of_the_Naples_Metro), a set of stations where special attention has been paid to making the environment beautiful, comfortable and functional. On my next visit to Italy I hope to check out the Toledo station for myself!

Here is my English translation of the introduction to the article I read in IlSole24Ore:

NAPLES – Designed by Oscar Tusquets Blanca, prepared under the coordination of Achille Bonito Oliva, and realized by a host of well-known Italian and foreign artists such as Oliviero Toscani, Laurence Weiner, Shirin Nashat, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, and Francesco Clemente: the second opening of the Toledo station at Montecalvario, the Old Town district of Naples. The station was recently inaugurated and will be operational soon; it represents a new element being integrated into the Metro dell’arte. The updated station was recently identified by the Daily Telegraph as among the most beautiful in Europe and has been nominated for The Emirates Award to be conferred in London in two days.

A long tapis roulant (conveyor) runs for 80 meters between the back-lit panels of the work "Human Race" by Oliviero Toscani that depicts the faces of men and women primarily from Naples, but also of foreigners. Three long escalators (one of which is 60 meters) each exceed a height of 31 meters, and along the way the decor changes from sea blue to ochre to black earth tones.

To read the complete article in Italian, here is the link: http://mobile.ilsole24ore.com/sole24orem/post/99?url=AbfOi6XI

Ci sentiamo presto, Lina

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