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Locomotive Cafe

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Facing Shui An Shan Ju at the south bank of the stream that passes the art campus, there is an eye-catching feature — a black locomotive plus a green carriage used as a cafe for art college students and staff.

The black locomotive is an installation artwork exhibited as the Shanghai Biennial in 2008, and was called as “the largest work of art in the world” by then-curator Zhang Qing.

Old posters calling youth to action, tea cups and some plates feature the profile of Mao Zedong. long green seats and white gauze curtains are reproductions of vintage train decor.

The train sits on rails 50 meters long.

The menu in the cafe is like that of most cafes, with coffees, teas and pastas with affordable prices since students are its main customers.