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Stephen Mallon
"Mind the Gap" Subway Reefing Photograph

2009

$6,000

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40"x60" c-print photograph, limited edition of 5 (unframed). This photograph depicts a New York City Subway Train Car as it is lifted onto a barge as it makes its way to a drop site out in the Atlantic Ocean. Stephen Mallon has captured a unique view of this icon of New York, in his series, "Next Stop Atlantic" Stephen Mallon tracks the artificial reefing of New York Subway Train cars as they are brought out to sea and dumped into the ocean to make artificial reefs. A piece of New York history, and an archive to this unique process, this photograph is available in a limited edition of 5 prints at 40"x60". signed and editioned by the artist on the reverse. 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. One photograph hauntingly depicts elements of nature creeping into their barren hulls, drifts of snow lines the walkways, a glimpse of sunshine streams through their removed doors as they wait in stacks to be carted off to sink to the dark depths of the ocean floor. 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" 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, Resource Magazine and Wired. Stephen Mallon's work will be 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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