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Photographer captures inferno-esque art in Stockholm Metro

As any hardened commuter will tell you, the act of riding an underground train during rush hour could easily be described as ‘a living hell’. However, the Stockholm Metro system may have taken this description a touch too literally.

The striking image above shows just one of the cavernous artworks that adorn the Swedish capital’s subterranean train stations. Located deep in the bowels of Solna Centrum (basically a Scandinavian Chancery Lane), it seems to represent how hell might look if it was designed by a forward-thinking Satan who favoured escalators over pitchfork-wielding demons as a method of transporting damned souls to the abyss. That’s our interpretation of it, anyway.

The image is part of a spectacular new series by Russian photographer Alexander Dragunov, capturing these underground artworks – some of which were created as far back as 1950 – in all their glory.

As well as Solna Centrum’s hellish frescos, Dragunov’s portfolio also contains magnificent shots from other stations across Stockholm, which depict oceans, rainbows and Stone Age-esque cave paintings. All of which makes the hastily scrawled graffiti at your local train station seem a little pedestrian, doesn’t it?

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