A Look Into NYC's Subway Art Scene

New York City is home to many things - great food, amazing music, an unlimited prism of cultures, and of course, art! The MTA Subway System averages about 5.4 million riders per day during the week. This collection of underground artwork from Untapped Cities is sure to get the creative juices flowing!

Here are some of our favorites.

"Hive" by Leo Villareal

New York artist Leo Villareal created "Hive" in 2012 to reflect the buzzing atmosphere of the Broadway and Lafayette Street station, home to B, D, F and M lines. Villareal used LED lights programmed at different speeds to run through each hexagon, mimicing the hustle and bustle of the city.

"Shad Crossing" by Ming Fay

Shanghai-born sculptor Ming Fay created quite the fishy mosaic at the Essex and Delancey stop along the F, J, and M lines. Fay's inspiration for the piece was the shad fish, which were found along the Hudson River in the late 19th century.

"Under Bryant Park" by Samm Kunce

You guessed it - this beautiful piece by Samm Kunce is actually under Bryant Park. Complete with quotes from childhood favorite Mother Goose and Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, this delicate mosaic brings a comfortably warm feeling with golden "roots" protruding from the top of the wall, reminding travelers of their own roots while they navigate NYC's concrete jungle.

For the complete list, check out Untapped Cities!

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