The Art of the Subway

I love riding the subway with Caetano. It's affordable as well as entertaining -  he is transfixed by the colorful sights, loud sounds and people watching. Put him in the stroller or carrier, and he is agape at the human carnival that is NYC public transit. 

Needless to say, though, riding the subway with a baby can be exhausting.  With both baby and baby gear, one is pulling an extra 30-50 pounds up and down multiple flights of stairs, often in sweltering humidity. Getting on the subway is fun. By the time you're ready to get off, it's not so fun. 

So while riding, simple images such as these - moving murals - are short moments of magic for both of us. This is subway art, recorded as seen in a moving train: 

For Cae, moving subway art looks like one of his color and movement-driven infant videos.

For me, it looks like a digital surrealist project. But it's not digital - they're just static images, moved by 19th century transportation technology (trains). 

So often in the civic engagement world, we think of big ideas when it comes to public art: commissionings, sanctionings, big-name designers. But most of the time, the impact of this work is much simpler: creating small moments of everyday magic.