Orchestra of Subway Buskers Conducted Remotely Over WiFi

Several subway musicians were recruited by filmmaker Chris Shimojima to perform a composition by Ljova. But here’s the catch—all of the musicans were all in different subway stations. The group was conducted by Ljova himself over in-station WiFi connections, on laptops and phones.

If you frequest the subway, chances are you recognize some of the iconic musicians. Check out this amazing video now!

You can also check out a studio recording of the composition here!

Photo Essay: A City of Children

A City of Children, subway art’s rookie of the year, has only been active a few months. In this short time, he has become one of the most recognizable street artists in New York City. Focusing mainly on the subway, his unconventional tag has gained the attention of many commuters.

I’ve been photographing his work since it started springing up earlier this summer and have put together a collection of his subway work. Check it out below!

Introducing SubCulture, a Subway Art Zine

Introducing SubCulture, a new zine about art and culture in the subway. The first issue, entitled “Can It,” is all about the old style trash cans in the subway. These cans acted as a canvas for graffiti writers up until they were discontinued in 2011.

The handmade zine includes 32 pages (including the color cover) of images and text on the topic. Each one comes with the following: one numbered copy of SubCulture #1: Can It, an unique envelope that mimics the design of the subway trash cans complete with a mini CAN IT FOR A GREENER PLANET sticker and handmade mini stickers by over 15 different artists, a Subway Art Blog business card and vinyl sticker, and at least one other assorted sticker.

The zine is limited to an edition of 100. SubCulture is now available at the Subway Art Blog store at: subwayart.bigcartel.com

A Rare Glimpse at the Williamsburg Bridge Railway Terminal

There’s been a lot of buzz about the historic Williamsburg Bridge Railway Terminal lately. A group has proposed to turn the disused trolly terminal into an underground park, nicknamed “The LowLine.” The project has been backed by city officials and thousands of Kickstarter users and is well along the path to making the park a reality.

In its current state, the railway terminal is a hub for graffiti, just like the High Line was before its makeover. It is important for the space to be documented as it is now, before it is lost in time. Luckily, photographer Nelson Wan attended a Transit Museum tour of the disused trolley terminal just last week and was gracious enough to share his awesome photos with us. Enjoy!

Flashback Friday – Red Grooms

Red Grooms, walk-through subway (detail) from “Ruckus Manhattan,” 1975

Look closely at this photo. Do you see it? That’s a woman in the background. In photos, Red Groom’s work may look like shoebox-sized dioramas, but they are actually life-sized walk-in sculptures. In 1975 Groom held a hugely popular exhibition called “Ruckus Manhattan” which included this piece.

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