‘Grate’ Public Art

While in Manhattan two weeks ago, I read a most intriguing New York Post story, which has since been reported by various outlets, including NPR. Joshua Allen Harris, a Brooklyn artist and student at the School of Visual Arts, has created unique street sculptures known as “subway bears”—plastic bags tied together and then to subway grates in such a way that when a train roars by underground, the polar bear-looking assemblage of bags slowly rises to a stance, somewhat resembling a barking dog, and then lays back down to rest. Sadly, I never happened upon any of these bears—which is surprising, considering our many, many subway rides. How do I know what the bears look like? I found a YouTube video, natch.

Guess that’s one way to recycle plastic shopping bags!

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