Frank is one of the three artists commissioned by the public works art project known as Artcards for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York. MTA Arts & Design serves over 8.7 million daily riders and strives to create meaningful connections among neighbourhoods, and people. The Artcards remain up for the entire year and are posted in thousands of subway cars and buses. Frank toys with the idea of a “Rolling Gallery,” the title for the piece. “In my mind, the changing views that are framed by the windows, transform the city’s trains into a kind of moving art gallery,” he says. The interior of Frank’s train is populated with a mob of his characteristically asymmetrical citizenry.
Billions of eyeballs, they said. If that isn’t enough to get your knickers in a twist, I don’t know what is.
We loved working with artist Frank Viva for this commission for the New York subway system. Celebrating the people who make up our city, Viva depicts a wide variety of straphangers riding the subway and buses while local landmarks, historic buildings and snippets of nature roll by outside, reminding us of all the incredible places that mass transit can take you.
Deputy Director of MTA Arts & Design.