This Poetry Installation In The Times Square Subway Station May Cheer You Up On Your Morning Commute

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Subway commuters who go through Times Square may have noticed panels with rhyming messages on the ceiling of a passageway or, as many do, they may have just rushed past them.The art installation is displayed in the passageway going from Port Authority (the A, C, and E lines) to the Times Square subway stop (1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q, R, etc. trains).

Titled, “The Commuter’s Lament or a Close Shave” the work was originally put up in 1991 as part of the MTA / Arts for Transit Creative Station. It is the creation of Norman B. Colp, an artist and photographer who passed away in August of 2007.

Meant to entertain and inspired by the classic Burma-Shave ads of the 1950s, the piece is a poem that leads to a punchline.

Originally intended as a one year display, the MTA has left the piece in place, and even replaced a lost panel in 2007.

Take the underground passage from the Port Authority subway station to the Times Sq. subway stop and LOOK UP

End of the passage

A classic example of the Burma-Shave ads that inspired the art

These Burma Shave ads from the the 1950s inspired the style of the 'The Commuter's Lament or a Close Shave.'

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