Tag Archives: Underground Art

Second Avenue Subway

IMG_6265.JPG.jpegPerfect Strangers // 72nd Street // Vik Muniz // Photographs by Erin Fong

The MTA Arts & Design Department for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority commissioned four artists this year to create works of art for four metro stops in NYC. The four stations are 96th Street, 86th Street, 72nd Street and 63rd Street. Each artist used the white walls of the metro stop as a blank canvas for their art. 96 Street is designed by Sarah Sze, 86th Street by Chuck Close, 72nd Street Vik Muniz and 63rd Street by Jean Shin. These photographs are from Vik Muniz’s 72nd Street creation. Titled “Perfect Strangers,” Muniz produced 36 life size portraits of “strangers.” They resemble everyday people waiting to take the metro. The portraits include police officers, construction workers, parents and children and people dressed for work. Muniz even included himself, tripping, papers flying up in the air. So if you ever find yourself taking the metro in NYC be sure to look for these “Perfect Strangers.”

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Please Mind the Art

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The Hut Project // 2008

A soothing female voice echoes throughout the London underground. “Please mind the gap between the train and the platform.” It serves as a reminder to be careful where I step.  However, there is no calming voice telling me to please mind the art that is displayed on the same tube platform. Launched in 2000, various contemporary artists are commissioned to create works for the underground. These four works I saw in the South Kensington tube station.FullSizeRender-21

Dealing La Bas // 2008

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Henrik Håkansson // 2008

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Charlie Tweed // 2008