While one of President-elect Trump's infamous walls has officially been scrapped (thank you snails!), another flat surface is providing some much-needed relief for those in New York who are still feeling the after-effects of Election Day. Started by artist Matthew "Levee" Chavez, Subway Therapy is a collection of thousands of colorful Post-it Notes that paper Manhattan's 14th Street/6th Avenue subway tunnel with messages of hope, distress, fear, strength and solidarity. The interactive art exhibit has been so popular that other New Yorkers have taken it upon themselves to spread the love to locations like Union Square and Brooklyn's Atlantic Terminal. Read on to see our short video about the Union Square subway therapy wall.
Chavez says that he began Subway Therapy as a way to “promote stress relief, [while] building community, inclusion, and peaceful expression.” Passersby are encouraged to take a sticky note and contribute their own thoughts to the wall.
As mundane a medium as it might seem, the multi-hued sticky notes have created quite a splash, and show how something so simple can become powerful in numbers.
The notes range from optimistic to hostile:
And others use humor to defuse the pain:
When we visited the Union Square therapy wall, makeup artist Ish Peralta and model Emma Vega were conducting an interactive art installation of their own that asked straphangers to pen notes to be painted onto Vega’s body.
The various sticky note walls throughout the city show no signs of slowing down, and prove that sometimes, the pen is mightier than tiny Twitter-trolling fingers.
Follow Subway Therapy’s Instagram feed here.
Photos: Yuka Yoneda for Inhabitat