they say New York is expensive – I think those people don’t know the New York I know of…
Once upon a time around 1904 on an day, when leafs already started to fall, NYC’s subway system was opened. Yes, it has been over 110 years that horses were replaced by steel objects to carry us, humans.
Years has passed and the subway system grew, just as the city, carrying more and feeding more. What does the 468 stations and art have in common?
Interest; perhaps thats the only word that comes to my mind. Both serves a purpose…just a little differently.
If you would ask an average New Yorker taking the subway each and every day during his last 35 years (to use as a common example), it has a great chance that what I am about to show you, he has never even seen. Or seen, but never really saw…
Daily routine kills your eyes and perhaps your soul as well, but about this later.
NYC has decided make the surrounding of the steel objects less steely, thus less cold. Just like in Harlem. Do you remember the local artist, who decided to color grey doors?
Apparently, in NYC there is something against grayness. Well, perhaps its not that surprising, right?
Approximately half of the stations, so 234 are actually museums. Right. So if you do not have 25 bucks to spend on MET or MOMA, take a metro card and start you wander underground – wow, ah, really, so nice, interesting are the words surely accompanying you on your journey.
But, who are the artists? Yes, this might be interesting, especially if you skip MET for the subways. The story goes as follows: once the big guys, the ones deciding over NYC’s life, find the need to refurbish or uplift a station, they open a tender. Sweet-honest democracy over here. Artists from all over the world can send their proposals that has to fulfill two main criteria: one, the subject should somehow fit to the area where it is displayed; second, be lasting. Budget is set, and fairly enough some (around 26,000 bucks) goes to the artists themselves. So if you have a portfolio, go check out the empty stations; who knows maybe its your turn to leave a footprint at NYC’s artsy subway network.
But enough of promises, here it goes – my underground explorations:
(special thanks for my knowledgeable and fun guide Darryl Reilly)