If you live in NY or even just visit like me you'll spend a lot of time taking the subway from place to place. Being underground means you don't get to see all the street life around as you pass by on the train. Fortunately though, there is a huge amount of subway art to be explored, especially in Manhattan. The first image above is from the World Trade Centre station (or as the driver announced 'Ground Zero'). I really quite like the mosaic work in this eye. There are plenty more to be seen here. The artist is Jones/Ginzel and it's titled 'Oculus' and was made in 1998. The second piece of subway art is called 'CommUnion' and is by Emmett Wigglesworth, 1994, and is located on Union St near 4th Ave. If you want to see more NYC subway art go take a look at this wonderful site: the Subway Art Guide. Also this great article by Roberta Smith: The Rush Hour Revelations of an Underground Museum.
It's still very hot here making it hard to venture out and about in the city. Yesterday I saw some construction workers take a break and turn a street fire hydrant tap on with their spanner to release the water so they could drench their bodies in it. It was like a scene from a movie. I was almost tempted to join them.