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Stephen Mallon
"Dehorn" Sea Train, Subway Reef Photograph by Stephen Mallon

2009

$6,000

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C-Print Photograph, edition 2/5 signed on reverse by the artist, Stephen Mallon. 40"x60" This photograph depicts a New York City Subway Train Car being dropped into the ocean to make an artificial reef. This is from the New York photographer's series, "Next Stop Atlantic," which capture the retirement of hundreds of New York City Subway cars to the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. Currently on view at the New York Transit Museum Grand Central Gallery. In a bold move, the NYC Transit authority joined the artificial reef building program off the East Coast of the US in 2000 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. For a period of over 10 year the MTA engaged in an environmental initiative to create artificial reefs from decommissioned subway cars. 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 three years to following this endeavor, chronicling the last phase of NYC Transit's involvement in this program. These photographs 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. Stephen Mallon's photographs have been featured in numerous publications and media including: The New York Times, New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine, Vanity Fair, NBC, CBS, artnet, Resource Magazine and Wired. Stephen Mallon's photographs are currently featured in Sea Train, Subway Reef Photos presented by the New York Transit Museum March 20-June 16th, 2019. Stephen Mallon is represented by the Front Room Gallery.

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