Sunday, March 13, 2011

Even Subways Can Be Beautiful

I came across a couple of items recently that make me realize that even the mundane can be beautiful.  The first is a photo from the Library of Congress's Detroit Photographic Company archives showing a 28th Street subway station in New York City when it was being newly constructed in 1904.  The tile work in the domed ceiling and the woodwork in the ticket booth are beautiful.

28th Street Station, New York City Subway, 1904
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The second was a more recent video made by Sarah Klein and Tom Mason, two filmmakers at Redglass. They describe the film as a visual poem of the experience of emerging from the subway into a new environment above.  This film was taken   in New York City and is set to music by Erik Satie.

Sub City New York from sarah klein on Vimeo.

[Thanks to BrainPickings for the video link].
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