Escultura ‘Madrid despega’, de la estación de Colombia.

Lines with art: L8, beauty in motion

The L8 is perhaps the most international Metro line, as it connects Madrid with its major airport, Barajas. Hundreds of thousands of people arrive in Spain through its facilities and they can travel to Madrid in a very short time thanks to Metro and the L8. Well, on their trips along this line, these passengers can enjoy authentic works of art that we are going to find out a little more about today in this new episode of Crazy About Metro. Come and see, or rather read!

Nuevos Ministerios

In this L8 station, which belongs to the large interchange of the same name, you can find an impressive mural by Vicente Patón, Rodrigo Muñoz Ballester and Alberto Tellería Bartolomé, with the collaboration of the painter Inmaculada Soler Martínez. The work is almost 800 square metres in size and is entitled Earth and Sky. It covers the entire east side of the station. 

It is visible from both the hall and the platforms of this line and represents a side view of the Paseo de la Castellana, covering what can be seen in the open and what exists underground, with the tunnels, an underground car park and Metro trains running, including even monitors with real images taken on the platforms.

 

Colombia

Colombia is a fortunate station from an artistic point of view, with three simply spectacular works.

  • Colombia diverse and alive Mural. This work was created by the Colombian muralist Gabriel Calle Arango. It was inaugurated in October 2021 during the 80th edition of the Madrid Book Fair, where Colombia was the guest country, and coinciding with the 140th anniversary of the start of diplomatic relations between Spain and Colombia. In the words of the author, the mural aims to "show, through small scenes, the great wealth that Colombia has in terms of flora, fauna and ancestral chores".

 

  • The mural Origin of the hands is the work of Vértigo Graffiti, an artist collective made up of Camilo Fidel López, Ricardo Vázquez and Santiago Castro, who focus on graffiti and art projects in public spaces. In the words of its creators, "the work wants to represent the joy that a community and a culture seeks through its festivities in a pictorial way".

  • The frame of an aeroplane flies overhead Colombia station lobby, no more and no less. Under the title Madrid takes off, this sculpture by Vicente Patón and Alberto Tellería consists of a life-size structure that transposes the 3D geometric images that would be displayed when designing the aircraft on a computer. The author chose a Fokker model and used steel tubes, which were subsequently painted black on the inside and in fluorescent yellow and green tones on the outside, so that the work contrasts with the predominant blue tones of the station.

 

Feria de Madrid

The large mural that runs along the two sides of the current Feria de Madrid station (formerly Campo de las Naciones) is the work of Ralphe Sardá and Carlos Alonso, and is entitled Faces of the Nations on a single flag. It is made with 40x40 cm tiles and features flags, symbols and anonymous faces from different cultures and ethnic groups, taken from the photographic archive of the United Nations, together with phrases by authors from different countries that speak of the universality of the human being.

 

Barajas

The mural that presides over the lobby of Barajas station is the work of Carlos Alonso and Luis Sardá and depicts in the centre, on a cartographic map in striking red tones, 'Madrid Barajas'. At the top is a large compass, the only circular element in a composition dominated by straight lines and grids.

Aeropuerto T1 T2 T3

At Aeropuerto T1 T2 T3 station we can enjoy three interesting works. The first one is a large-format mural illuminated by fibre optics showing an aerial view of Madrid taken at night, with its grid of lights reflecting the immensity of the city. Its location on the tracks of line 8 allows you to see many recognisable points of the capital, including Puerta del Sol.

Secondly, there is an ornamental element, next to the large mural, visible both from the hall and from the platforms. The composition is the work of Vicente Patón and is entitled Cruce de Miradas. It consists of a circular soffit that shows a jet soaring across the daytime sky.

And finally, at Barajas station, you can't miss the serigraphs that decorate its platforms and which represent different inventions that form part of the history of aeronautics. These include a hot-air balloon (Regio Faetonte Aeoftatico) pulled by a horse.

As you know, if art is your thing and Metro is your mode of transport, you can't miss these works of art and many others that you can find in our Metro de Madrid Cultural Guide.