East New York-based companies Smash Industries and Legion Lighting are inviting New Yorkers to take a ride on the bright side this weekend with their graffiti-tagged, LED-lit miniature subway cars. On display through Sunday at BKLYN Designs as part of NYCxDESIGN week, the collection of colorful artworks aren’t just Big Apple-themed eye candy. Smashed Industries says that each piece provides work for a local artisan through their “Trains 4 Gains” program, which is “on track” to helping create a brighter future for the community.
Founded by Liz Bellovin, Beth Costello and Jill Bellovin, Smash Industries is a sustainable artistic incubator in East New York, Brooklyn. The organization teamed up with Legion Lighting, which the Bellovin family has been operating for three generations, to fabricate their signature Artisan Series Subway Lighting fixtures as a way to not only introduce a fun new kind of art and home decor to the world, but also to give local artists a way to showcase and profit from their work. Each one-of-a-kind train car is painted by hand, and can even be customized with personal tags or images. You can even request miniature cutouts of yourself or your friends to be placed inside of your car.
The powder-coated steel train bodies are fabricated by Legion Lighting and fitted with energy-efficient, color-changing LEDs. Every piece comes with a remote control that allows the owner to switch between an array of colors, patterns and strobing options. Customers can also choose to have their cars ceiling or wall-mounted and select the color of the window panes and body colors.
A dynamic design painted by autistic 14-year-old artist Tommy Vasquez.
Smashed says that its next endeavor entails renovating their warehouse into a collaborative events space for artists centered around a subway car stage that will showcase train-themed skits.