There is great art to be found in every nook and cranny of New York, even underground. Yes Subway Art. I know the recent heat wave has probably made the NYC subway the last place you want to go, but the “Life Underground” series by Tom Otterness just might just be worth it. Otterness’s small rounded brass sculptures are scattered across the 14th Street and 8th Avenue stations and platforms, where they perch on benches, climb under gates, and hide under stairs. These charming figures really play with their environment deal with the themes of immigration, social status, and capitalism. Do as I do and take a minute from your morning commute to play some Otterness I-spy. The least it could do is distract you from your profuse sweating as you wait for the interminably slow L train.

 

Subway Art by Tom Otterness

 

Beat the Heat With Some Subway Art

Beat the Heat With Some Subway Art

Beat the Heat With Some Subway Art

Beat the Heat With Some Subway Art

Beat the Heat With Some Subway Art Better than listening to the steel drum guy, I guess

 

These are only some of the many sculptures in the series. Have you seen any of the other works works during your tunnel travels? Let me know what you think of them! Or, better yet, snap a photo with your Artsnapper app and share it with the Artsnapper community.

 

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