• The interiors of trains running between Versailles and Paris in France are being transformed into moving works of art (SNCF/Maxime Huriez)Source: SNCF/Maxime Huriez
A splash of culture for your commute.
By
Bianca Soldani

20 May 2016 - 12:34 PM  UPDATED 20 May 2016 - 12:34 PM

Don’t have time to visit the Palace of Versailles? Well, you will soon be able to get a glimpse while travelling along France’s national rail.

A number of SNCF trains are being transformed as part of an ongoing “Art in Transit” initiative that brings the beauty one of the country’s most iconic tourist sites to everyday commuters.

Scenes from the château's extensive gardens, books from Louis XVI's library and the ornate details from the Hall of Mirrors have been photographed and reproduced on a thin plastic film in a collaboration with manufacturing company 3M.

A painstaking task to install, it took nine employees and one engineer to get the interiors ready, with the art being “adapted to the configuration of the train and lightened to work with the light, colourful new train design,” according to a press release.

The project has been running for the past four years with different limited edition themes.

This reincarnation will be enjoyed by passengers travelling from Paris to Versailles and will be up and running from May 25.

The Temple of Love

The Hall of Mirrors

Latona Fountain

Marie Antoinette 's domain

Queen Bedroom in the Petit Trianon

The Library of Louis XVI

All images by Maxime Huriez for SNCF