|"Missed Connections" by Sophie Blackall©|
Currently, more than 200 platforms feature permanent displays connecting "to neighborhoods with art that echoes the architectural history and design context of the individual stations." For 25 years, MTA’s Arts for Transit has been choosing the most visionary local artists to adorn the stations using materials already on site—mosaic, ceramic, tile, bronze, steel and faceted glass. The result is a cornucopia of artwork on platforms, walls, gates and transfers all over the city.
My Avenue H stop on the Q-line, for example, is “the city’s only shingled wooden cottage turned transit station house,” rehabbed as Brooklyn Bucolic by artist Ed Kopel. And yes, those are actual bronze rocking chairs at the entrance.
There are other creative projects, too, like the famed Poetry in Motion, Lightbox displays, Posters (which just won a major award), and even podcasts and music.
Go here to look up your station. As you'll see in this PBS series, Treasures of New York: Art Underground, each is a small masterpiece.