Post-Election Subway Therapy Wall Deemed a ‘Piece of History’

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By Charlotte Willis | 8:04 am, December 20, 2016

It’s been nearly six weeks since Election Day, and the wall of “Subway Therapy” Post-It notes that has formed underground in New York City is finally being removed.

By now, nearly 50,000 sticky notes have formed a thick and colorful wallpaper in Manhattan’s 14th Street Union Square subway station following the results of the 2016 presidential election.

The unique and spontaneous art project, which all started with a few Post-It notepads and a handful of pens at the busy subway passage, has now become a piece of the city’s history.

Many of the messages are uplifting, offering words of hope to fellow commuters as they go about their day.

“It gives me hope that such beauty and solidarity is coming out of such chaos,” one reads.

“Together we can rise,” reads another.

Another says: “You will not divide us. Love is everything.”

Others are angrier, bearing messages such as, “Refuse and resist fascism,” and simply, “F*** Donald Trump.”

Union Square Station

Artist’s message

On Friday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that a large portion of the inspiring and deeply personal messages will be archived by the New York Historical Society.

“Over the last six weeks, New Yorkers have proved that we will not let fear and division define us,” Gov. Cuomo said in a statement. “Today, we preserve a powerful symbol that shows how New Yorkers of all ages, races and religions came together to say we are one family, one community and we will not be torn apart.

“New York will always hold the torch high and our partnership with the Historical Society ensures that generations to come will see the moment when New Yorkers united in such a moving way.”

Matthew Chavez, who goes by the artist name Levee, began the installation last month, encouraging people to leave their feelings about the US presidential election written on Post-It notes.

Mr Chavez began carefully removing the notes over the weekend so that they can be preserved as part of the museum’s program called History Responds.

He estimates that about 2,000 new postings were added each day.

“We are ever-mindful of preserving the memory of today’s events for future generations. Ephemeral items in particular, created with spontaneity and emotion, can become vivid historical documents,” New York Historical Society president Dr Louise Mirrer said.

Beginning Tuesday through to Inauguration Day on January 20, members of the public can continue to participate in the project by placing Post-It notes on the glass wall inside the museum’s front entrance.

Mr Chavez said he is “thrilled that we have found a way to work together to move the project and preserve it for others to experience in the future.”

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