Over the past two weeks, thousands of colorful messages have bloomed across the walls of Union Square Station in New York City. An inspiring project called “Subway Therapy” is asking commuters and visitors-alike to share a message about how they feel. This socially artful effort was designed to relieve post-election related stress and in turn, strike up an unassuming conversation with a neighbor beside you.
The collage-wall has been extremely successful. It changes every day. Hundreds of new messages are written and layered on top of one another. As a New Yorker I have been fascinated as it continues to grow, cover new surfaces and continuously entrance one of the busiest and stressful environments in all of Manhattan.
Steemians on the Wall
Last week I asked you - the Steemit community - to share a post-it sized message of your own. I thought it would be a fun and interesting experiment to bridge a real-life community project with the “internet’s small town.” Low and behold, I got some great responses… With a blue sharpie in hand I got to transcribing…
Here are a few Steemit originals that I pinned up on Monday, November 28th...
Look closely, “YES!” there’s @opheliafu !
And @lemouth had “nothing to say” ;)
A wise quote from @countrygirl
Winter is truly coming… thanks for the fair warning @everittdmickey
Here are a few more images I took this past weekend…
Pause in an Unlikely Place
The “14th Street - Union Square” Subway Station is the fourth busiest transportation hub in all of New York City. There are nine different train lines that pass through here. Upwards of 35 million people are transported through this station each year. Union Square is a unique crossing and shoulder-brushing of people from all five boroughs of New York, of all classes, races, religions and orientations. With all of its movement and chaos, somehow, an anonymous wall has manifested here and has given good reason for pause and reflection.
The artist who began this project over two weeks ago, Matthew “Levee” Chavez said; “Subway Therapy is about making people smile, laugh, and feel less stress. If someone wants to get something off their chest or has a burning question, I'm happy to be there for them. I believe that people grow and learn through dynamic conversation.” (source)
Thank you again to all the amazing contributors!
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