Just as a puddle looks best in a desert, a work of fine art is best appreciated in a teeming, smelly, rat-infested transit hive. This was the proposition put forth by the Metropolitan Transit Authority when, in 1985, its Arts for Transit program began curating the sprawling subterranean art museum that today spans New York’s subway system.
The only problem (arguably) with an ever-evolving, decentralized network of public art objects is that it’s hard to navigate, but the MTA has answered the prayers of the cultured commuter once again. Today the authority plans to announce its first official subway art guide app, according to The New York Times.
The free app for iPhones and Androids will delineate and discuss all 186 permanent works in the subway system, along with the rest of the collection scattered throughout Metro North and the Long Island Railroad system. Strap-hanging bon vivants will be treated to photos, video and audio about installations, along with guided “turn-by-turn” tours and detailed maps of some of the larger stations, according to the Times.
The app, which can sort works by subway line or by artist, won’t have any information on the even more underground art museum to be found in the passages of the New York subway system: the anthology of inspired vandals.
March 15, 2012 - 2:03pm