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Bling-Bling for the People

Stocksund, Sweden

Crystal chandeliers brighten up this dark underpass. 

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The walkways underneath raised roadways are often gray and grim. But that’s not the case under the Inverness motorway bridge in Danderyd. With the addition of some bright paint and six elegant crystal chandeliers, this underpass was transformed in 2014. 

Before the makeover, residents of the area considered this underpass unsafe. The landscape architect Sofia Didrik came up with the unique and whimsical idea of installing high society ‘bourgeois’ lighting fixtures under the viaduct to literally brighten it up. Along with these chandeliers, Didrik painted the bridge’s support pillars shades of pink, red, and orange. The hope is that the crossing will feel safer for pedestrians and cyclists as well as that it lessens the eyesore that is this crossing.

Each of the chandeliers hangs inside a plastic bubble that is meant to protect it from the elements and potential vandals. The fixtures are also designed in such a way that they are very hard to break. (No that is not a challenge!)

Know Before You Go

It's in the open, so visit whenever you want! It is right next to the milmarker, so visit that when walking by.

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