May 5, 2016

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Soomin Kim

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Craig Ward’s Portraits of Bacteria Found in NYC Subways

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=250&v=Xxqd985bKi8 “You look at the subway and it’s all just different shapes and sizes and colors of people and you look at it at a microscopic level and it’s all just different shapes and sizes and colors of bacterial colonies. It’s a nice kind of portrait of the city on …

“You look at the subway and it’s all just different shapes and sizes and colors of people and you look at it at a microscopic level and it’s all just different shapes and sizes and colors of bacterial colonies. It’s a nice kind of portrait of the city on a very small scale.”

In the quote above, Brooklyn-based illustrator and artist Craig Ward tells Bernstein & Andriulli his discovery from his project Subvisual Subway.

Over the summer of 2015, Ward rode all twenty-two New York City subway line trains and created a small-scale collection of unorthodox portraits of the city’s people. He cut sterilized sponges into typeface that mirrored the name of each train line, and then swabbed the surfaces of the various trains with them. Each finding was then placed in a petri dish.

It’s both amazing and icky, the best kind of art! The broad array of colors, shapes, and patterns really do uniquely represent the diverse spirit of New York City. Who knew germs could be so beautiful?

Watch the video above to learn more about this project and see some close-up petri dishes below!

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