Krieau (Vienna U-Bahn)
Krieau is a station on Line U2 of the Vienna underground railway (U-Bahn) network. It is located in the Leopoldstadt district of the city, and is the station that serves both Messe Wien as well as the new campus of the Vienna University of Economics and Business. It opened in 2008. Krieau Station was originally to be named Trabrennstraße, but the planned name was changed in 2006, two years before the station opened.
In October 2013 the French graffiti artist Honet was commissioned by Wiener Linien and KÖR Kunst im öffentlichen Raum (Public Art Vienna) to create an artwork on 14 concrete pillars of the station's elevated metro track. His work titled Totem Modern shows the faces of cartoon superheroes and sci-fi characters of the 1970s, reflecting the "erstwhile function of columns as historically and religiously charged objects from a present-day point of view" turning them into "cult objects".
Honet was followed in April 2014 by the Brazilian graffiti artist Speto who created an artwork titled 3 Brothers dedicated to the Villas-Bôas brothers on another 14 concrete pillars of the metro track. Honoring the brothers' legacy as champions for the indigenous population of the Amazon basin, Speto adorned the subway pillars with characters from Brazilian mythology like Boitatá, Iara or Boto and tribal pattern designs employing graphic styles of the Brazilian Literatura de Cordel.
Speto working on the painting of a Matsés child
- Vienna U2 line
- Honet: Totem Modern, Permanent installation, KÖR Kunst im öffentlichen Raum, Retrieved 2015-08-06
- SPETO: 3 Brothers (PDF, German) Roman Tschiedl, KÖR Kunst im öffentlichen Raum, Retrieved 2014-10-03
- Der brasilianische Streetartist Speto Radio OE1 feature by Uschi Mürling-Darrer, Retrieved 2014-10-03
- Media related to Krieau metro station at Wikimedia Commons