Tag Archives: subway

Take a Seat

New York artist Jason Eppink has been getting lots of awesome press for his Take a Seat project lately, including the interview on NY1 above.

He writes:

Take a Seat is an ongoing series of public furniture installations aimed at increasing the availability of seating options in New York City subway stations. Perfectly functional chairs are rescued from trash piles and reassigned to stations where limited seating options leave subway patrons no choice but to stand for extended periods of time.

Take a Seat creates value simply by relocating an object to a new location. Rescued chairs – once liabilities – become assets with little to no effort.

Seating solutions installed for Take a Seat are not affixed to MTA property in any way, opening up opportunities for collaboration with subway patrons who, if they take the initiative, may continue the project by installing the chairs in other locations that could benefit from more seating options.

You also enjoy another of our favorite chair-related projects: Rob Cockerham’s Starbucks Chairs Prank.

Party Train in Singapore

Mission:Singapore recently threw a party on the Singapore subway system. They write:

We got onto a train, played music and danced. We had balloons, treats and face paint for everyone. We even gave out small cut out hearts to everyone on the train to lighten up their day.

So, we partied till our lungs fall out and our clothes were soak in sweat, everyone on the train were entertained. We got a spectrum of emotions from the riders, from laugher to frowns, from smiles to out right annoyed. BUT all in all, the joy of the atmosphere drowned all the negativities. Our agents went all out and danced, the music was retro with hits like ‘eye of the tiger’ and ‘everybody dance now’ and of course, no retro mix is complete without ‘never gonna give you up’ from Rick Astley.

Eventually, we were greeted by the station managers and a security guard. They informed us very nicely that we had to lower the volume and keep the dancing minimal but we decided to end the party altogether, mostly because we were exhausted.

When we got off, the station managers bid us farewell and we exchanged friendly gestures and even gave them our paper hearts, which they stuck to their uniforms.

Also see:

Newmindspace’s guide to throwing your own subway party
Improv Everywhere’s surprise birthday party on the subway

Subway Living Room

A group based in Prague turned a subway car into a living room this past weekend. Here’s their report and video:

– Mission: Travel first class … on the subway!
– When: April 4th, 2008, from 5pm onwards
– Where: Prague subway system (eastbound yellow line)
– Agents: 12

On Friday, April 4th, the commuters on one of the trains were rather surprised when a girl has boarded a train, carrying a rug, and spread it out on the floor. Imagine their shock at the next station, where two guys brought in a large armchair, on the following stations accompanied by a coatrack, table, antique telephone, slippers, and a flower in a vase.

This was just the set-up. At Jinonice, some six stations from the start, a dressed-up man came in, put his coat and umbrella at the rack, sat down in the armchair and made himself comfortable: he loosened his tie, removed his shoes and put on the slippers, picked up a magazine and started reading.