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Friday, April 30, 2021

totin' token
Tom Otterness’ “Life Underground” is the most distinctive permanent art installation in New York’s subway system, and something I wish I had more time to actually appreciate as I zip through the L train’s 8th Avenue station.

The one thing I can’t help but notice about these scattered-about bronze sculptures: They make good use of old-style NYC subway tokens as props. Since the installation wasn’t finished until 2001, it was in place for the last couple of years of token usage, before the now-ubiquitous MetroCard took over.

Which is a good thing. I just can’t see those little figurines projecting the same whimsy if they were holding swipe-cards in their hands, or were piling up mounds of discarded cards. I don’t think anyone misses the real-thing tokens for paying transit fares, but at least the memory of them is bronzed forever.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 04/30/2010 09:02am
Category: Creative, New Yorkin'
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