Z is for Janet Zweig

| April 25, 2014

I think a lot of people have seen these pictograms of Carry On along the subway platform of Prince Street subway station. At first, because of its small and so naturally blended-in quality, I didn’t recognize them as an artwork. But if you look at it carefully, these whimsical figures realistically depict the aspects of our city life and the people we pass by and meet on a daily basis. For this piece to happen, more than 2000 images of new yorkers were taken, and 194 images were selected to make the piece. The bottom line that runs through the frieze, depicts the subway station platform, and the top line seems to be the street level. I love the simplicity of how this piece is done, but the density and realism that each tiny figure entails really makes it fun.

It’s blended into the wall so well, that until you look really carefully you don’t get to realize what it’s about. It gives you a sense of serendipity through the act of carefully noticing things.


Zweig also carried out a “generative-sentence” piece in Columbus, Ohio, in commemoration of the bicentennial of the city which was named after Christopher Columbus.

The first five words of the sentence, “Columbus never came here, but” were written by the artist, and then a writing contest solicited three to five word entries from the residents of Columbus to continue the sentence. So it was a sentence collectively created every two weeks by total twelve residents of the city.

The final sentence is pretty funny.