Can you guess where this is? If your answer was on a postcard saying ‘Mexico City’ – piñatas and Mexican waves for you.
This mock-up of a London tube station is a mural at Insurgentes Metro station in Mexico City by artist Rafael Cauduro. In 1990 he painted this along with another mural of a Paris Metro station as part of Escenarios Subterráneos (Underground Scenarios). If you look closely you can see a poster of the Rolling Stones, Winston Churchill, punks, and more typical London sights. Jude Brosnan
10 facts about Mexico City’s Metro:
1. Its official name is ‘Sistema de Transporte Colectiv’
2. It opened to the public in 1969 a year after the Olympics was held in the city.
3. Over the decades it has grown into a 12 line, 195 station network.
4. During rush hour female only carriages are assigned.
5. A metro ticket costs around 15p and is good for one journey regardless of how far.
6. Many stations have art on display.
7. An Aztec idol, a mammoth skeleton and two archaeological ruins were discovered during its construction.
8. Each station has a logo so is non-reader friendly. Talismán station where the mammoth was found has a mammoth symbol.
9. It is open til midnight every night.
10. There are vendors, known as vagoneros, who walk from carriage to carriage selling things including toothbrushes, butterfly backs for earrings, hologram mirrors, colouring books, chewing gum and CDs
For more information and maps see mexicometro.org.