If there's any fact that's set in stone, it's that everyone loves dogs. But an exceptional artist took his love for dogs to a whole new level and modified the NYC subways with them!
During the '70s, craftsman William Wegman embraced his first Weimaraner. Named Man Ray, the canine assumed a crucial job in the advancement of the craftsman's creative direction. Not exclusively did the young dog provoke Wegman to divert his consideration from painting to photography, however, it likewise motivated the craftsman's most notable works, i.e. representations of Weimaraners wearing apparel.
He likewise started capturing his Weimaraners during the 1970s. From that point forward, his representations of them have turned out to be immensely popular in the mass culture, lighting up Sesame Street, historical centers, and fashion magazines. And now, they are graciously helping New York tram riders feel a little better about their everyday dull commute to work.
Since then, Wegman has adopted around 10 Weimaraners, all of whom acted as an inspiration for the nifty artist. Furthermore, Flo and Topper—who is the 75-year-old craftsman's ninth and tenth Weimaraners — grace the walls of the overhauled 23rd Street (M and F lines) station in numerous stances and outfits as a major aspect of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Enhanced Station Initiative.
The pooch representations, transformed into mosaics by Mayer of Munich, give a wonderful diversion to rush-hour commuters exploring the extremely congested walk in and out the almost 80-year-old station. Furthermore, whether wearing a flannel shirt or shiny raincoat, every dog captures the spirit of an everyday New Yorker. Additionally, surprisingly, Wegman's pooches have been called upon to help tired voyagers in the past.
Previously in 2005, two of them got dressed as space explorers for a permanent portrait which was placed high up on the vaulted solid roofs inside L'Enfant Plaza Metro station in Southwest D.C. What's more, inside a Maine Turnpike rest stop in Kennebunkport, a 2007 painting of his delineates four of the silver-hued hounds with their heads tilted up.
"But no one ever looks up at it," the artist sadly stated in an interview. Therefore, when he was carefully choosing what to make for the MTA, Wegman realized it would be a test to stand out enough to be noticed by the daily commuters. He said, "When I go to these stations, I do look at the mosaics." He further stated, "but maybe that’s because I’m an artist … typically, people are thinking more about where they’re going."
Despite the fact that Flo and Topper had previously posed for French Vogue, Wegman chose to keep things straightforward on 23rd Street, showing them as relatable, ordinarily dressed figures apparently searching for the next train. Regardless of that, the pooches will surely wouldn't go unnoticed, especially due to the fact that the station had been devoid of anything worth retaining up until its late November reopening.
Additionally, Sandra Bloodworth, director of MTA Arts & Design stated, "The public already knows Bill’s work, so it’s like seeing old friends. And it's so realistic that you can almost feel the moisture on the dog's nose." Fortunately, Wegman's addition to the New York subway is an absolute joy for its consumers and a strong demonstration of MTA Art and Design's capacity to create moments of delight in a travel system which is generally known for its extensive problems and confusions.