Subway Art Hard To Miss, Easy To Uncover
The subway may be home to great art and great inspiration, but it takes a special eye to find beauty where others see only rust, ruin and strangers. NY1's John Mancini filed the following report.
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Art pops up all over the subway. It can brighten your trip, express your fear of a slow ride home or offer a flight of fancy. And that's just the stuff they've put there on purpose.
"The subway has so much history to it. I feel like there's a lot of decay going on as well. And when you actually look at it, when you're actually looking for it, you can find some beauty inside," says Jowy Romano of subwayartblog.com.
The subway system's beauty can be revealed in layers of advertising posters, pillar paint, and sometimes within the heart of your fellow rider. In an effort to expose what is often left unsaid, two Yale grads who act and run a small theater company created WhyAreYouonMyTrain.com.
"You have all of the diversity of New York in a car where they're forced to be together for 30 minutes, an hour. And yet no one really talks to each other. So we just realized there were stories to be mined," says "Why Are You On My Train?" Video Blogger Allison Goldberg.
"As you're going on auditions and you're preparing for these roles, and then you're looking at people and wondering, are they related to the story that's kind of going through my head right now?" remarks "Why Are You On My Train?" Video Blogger Jen Jamula.
With Flipcam in hand, they hope New Yorkers will spill on what they love about the subway, what they may hate, and, maybe, something about their hopes and dreams.
The idea is to escape the captivity of your commute. Like the artist who sees a rust-stained wall with missing tiles and thinks "how beautiful."
"The patterns, the layers, the textures, it's all untouched. It's all from natural years of dust and grime and mud and rain and soot. It's all untouched and no one put it there," says Blogger Maureen Cooter.
Seeing art amid the ruins can open your eyes.
"Train stations? Dilapidated trains stations? Maybe there's some art there," says one straphanger.
Like it or not, it seems decay will always be with us. So why not embrace it?
"I feel like so many people have such a love-hate relationship with the subway. I'm kind of pushing more towards the love," says Romano.