Art comes in many shapes, sizes, colors, and forms. (So do feelings, emotions, and mental states.) The latest form happens to combine the two: people’s thoughts and emotions written out on different color Post-It notes on the walls of a 14th Street Subway underpass.
It is known as “Subway Therapy” started by the artist “Levee”. And even though it has been going on for a while, with the stressful and volatile election cycle just ending and a new round of “Trumpolitics” just beginning, the wall of art is taking on whole new meaning.
To date, there are nearly 2000 Post-It notes on the wall. Some of them contain messages of love and courage while others contain words of fear and uncertainty. Levee states on his site that the project is to help people channel their emotional energy into something good.
Not a bad idea. Sometimes people just need to be allowed to think, feel, vent, talk and then feel better.
One wall poster quoted Michelle Obama in one of her campaign speeches for Hillary Clinton. Another quoted the Muslim minister and civil rights leader, Malcolm X. And still another posted up a quote from the late epic songwriter, Leonard Cohen.
If you live near this part of New York, you should visit this site. If you don’t, take heart that while many people are disappointed or simply overwhelmed, there are people in the world who want to channel their frustration into positive energy and use it to do so good in the world.
And, of course, Subway Therapy is much cheaper than a trip to the nearest psychologist.