Signs of Life in the Subway

The Metropolitan/Lorimer Street subway station features Signs of Life, a series of mosaics by Taiwan-born artist Jackie Chang. The project, completed in the year 2000, was commissioned by the New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority. It brings a much-needed touch of wit and beauty to an otherwise dingy underground section of Brooklyn.

Faith Fate
Faith – Fate

Same Sane
Same – Sane

History Your Story
History: Your Story

Use Less
Use Less

MTA: Permanent Art
Dephography: Jackie Chang
NYC Subway: Artwork
Art in Context: Jackie Chang


10 Responses to Signs of Life in the Subway

  1. moi says:

    Use less had me in splits!!!!! how did you manage to find subways this empty???


  2. moi says:

    *subway stations


  3. photowannabe says:

    Wow, very interesting and I agree with Moi, How come its so empty. I didn’t think subways were ever sans people. Great art work with a bit of humor.


  4. Trotter says:

    That subway is becoming much more interesting…


  5. Pat says:

    What interesting signs!


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  6. cottonfields says:

    That’s so cool, I’ve never been to newyork or seen a subway for that matter … Thanks for the pics, their great


  7. Gina says:

    Thanks for letting me see Brooklyn. I may never get there and always wanted to. Gina from Memphis.


  8. TheAgedCat says:

    Oh the subway art! I’d forgotten about it! Used to love it. Trudging off for work, sleepy-headed, preparing for a blah commute — then oh! something intriguing has been installed in the station! — and for the weeks/months the installation’s there, you keep discovering something in it you didn’t see before.

    Thanks for posting about this!


  9. Love the subway art. I haven’t seen this before.

    I don’t get out to Brooklyn often but my friend just moved to Boerum Hill this month. I will definitely be visiting Brooklyn more often now.


  10. Dave Rottino says:

    Does anyone know what the Same/Sane mosaic means? No one knows! My theory is: The Grass is always Greener on the otherside. Notice the less than green grass on one side. And you would be going insane pining to be on the other side when in fact it is not actually any better or worse. And you’d be sane knowing that fact and living life contently. Anyone have any insight?


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