"Weeks 297", 2008


C-Print Photograph

30.00 x 45.00 in

76.2 x 114.3 cm

Edition of 5

Signed and editioned on reverse

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30.00 x 45.00 in

76.2 x 114.3 cm

Edition of 5


    About The Work

    This photograph documents the creation of artificial reefs along the Atlantic Coast. Stacks of New York City subway cars sit atop a barge at sea. The blue-grey water, shows a white wave cresting in foreground with the lines of subway train cars stacked on top of each other center of the composition. This unusual recycling program created artificial reefs along United States East Coast utilizing the decommissioned NYC subway cars.

    This is limited edition photograph #3/5 is mounted and framed in a hard wood, handcrafted shadowbox frame with spacers and wooden strainer. This is a limited edition photograph of 5, signed and editioned by the artist. Stephen Mallon's photograph's "Sea Train Subway Reef Photos by Stephen Mallon" are currently on view at New York Transit Museum Grand Central Gallery

    From 2001 to 2010, the MTA, which runs the city’s subways, re-purposed thousands of decommissioned subway cars by submerging them into the ocean off eastern seaboard states such as New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and South Carolina. There, the urban relics become artificial reefs, providing safe habitats for marine life. Photographer Stephen Mallon spent two years documenting the project, and his images are now on view at the New York Transit Museum‘s Grand Central Terminal Annex in a new exhibition. In a bold move, the NYC Transit authority joined the artificial reef building program off the East Coast and sent stripped and decontaminated subway cars off on barges to be dropped into the Ocean in order to build refuge for many species of fish and crustaceans which would colonize the structures. Mallon traces the progress of the train cars on their way towards their last voyage, majestic waves approach the viewer in these large scale photographs as they too are transported out to sea to behold the lifting and transfer of these massive machines.

    Mallon's photographs elicit both the sadness and the beauty of cascading water overtaking these iconic figures of New York transit as they sink beneath the surface of the water; surges and sprays are caught in time. Stephen Mallon dedicated the last three years to following this endeavor, chronicling the last phase of NYC Transit's involvement in this program. The photographs that are presented in this exhibition capture the grandiosity of this effort; the weight of these 18-ton train cars can be felt as they are ferried off and plunged into the water. In "Next Stop Atlantic" series Mallon determinedly tracks the final stage of the lives of these, once indispensable modes of transit for passengers on the New York subway lines, canonizing them in New York history.

    Courtesy of Front Room Gallery

    About Stephen Mallon

    • This work is framed. Frame measurements are 31.00" x 42.00" x 1.00".
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