Moscow metro and Sergey Andriyaka’s school of watercolor techniques prepared a special present to Muscovites and their children for the International Children’s Day. A unique «Aquarelle Train» came into public service on Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya line of Moscow metro on June 1, 2007. Notably, this event happened in year 2007, which had been pronounced a «Year of a Child» in Moscow.
«Aquarelle Train» is a wheeled picture gallery. The idea of the train was to remind adults of children, of the fact that their inner world needs our understanding and support. Moreover, the unusual train adds bright colours to the lives of Moscow metro passengers, reminds them of the beauty that surrounds them and remains unnoticed so often. A person traveling on such an unusual beautiful train can find peace of mind there.
Passengers can see pictures of National artist of Russia Sergey Andriyaka and his students inside the train. Five two-unit cars with the interior made in red, blue, grey, olive and brown colours are decorated with 35 pictures – 10 of them being 120 x 60 sm. and 25 – 90 x 60 sm. The colours were selected specially for some pictures so that they could match the train interior. 15 paintings of Sergey Andriyaka and 30 pictures of his students are represented in «Aquarelle Train». All the works had gone through specialists’ selection before they appeared at this unusual exhibition.
But it’s not only the interior of the train that can help passengers distinguish the «Aquarelle Train» from ordinary «Rusich»-type trains. The train is brightly painted with images of peony, chrysanthemums, daisies, sunflowers and each car unit is unique.
Special tailor-made cars for the «Aquarelle Train» were made at Mytishchi plant. Display space was provided for exhibiting pictures in each car.
After the construction of the train had been finished, it was carried to Moscow metro where his exterior design was made. «Metroreklama» specialists made the design of «Aquarelle Train» cars.
The last stage of the train construction was to hang pictures on its walls. After the specialists of Moscow mechanical plant ¹3 had made and installed special picture frames, the unique train was ready to make passengers happy.
Sergey Timonin was the first driver to take «Aquarelle Train» on its first trip from Izmailovo depot. «Aquarelle Train» runs on Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya line of Moscow metro in the section between Partizanskaya and Park Pobedy stations daily from 12 to 15 p.m. beginning from June 1, 2007.
International Children’s Day was also marked with the issue of a special ticket for 2 rides, the reverse of which is decorated with children’s drawings. Congratulations and good wishes could be heard on escalators and at ticket offices that day.