Last December, a small group of artists installed an unauthorized holiday display to raise straphangersâ€™ spirits and spruce up a neglected corner of the Columbus Circle Subway Station. The budding tradition continues after today’s extremely early morning opening of the second annual â€œHoliday Gift to NYC Show.â€ Around 1:30 AM, eleven artists convened to turn a 200-foot long pedestrian tunnel at the Lexington Avenue/53rd Street Station into a public gallery.
The mix of studio and street artists decked the hall with holiday offerings, including a mustache motif by Jessica Jade Jacob, a Christmas tree collage by Beth Whitney and Jason Eppink’s “Take a Seat” installation among others. Curated by artists Mat Benote and Jordan Seiler, the illicit subway show may not last, so take a look before the MTA decides to stop hosting.
“Holiday Gift to NYC Show,” 2 AM, December 23 – ?, Lexington Avenue/53rd Street Station, Manhattan
Photo by Will Sherman/ANIMALnewyork.com