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Life Underground and the Little Men at Work

Ever been at anyone of the E trains and noticed any one of these little guys? Or even just passing by Times Square and see them just holding bags of money or hanging off the Applebee's sign?  And then as soon as you see one you can't help but search for them all because you don't want to miss one .

As a fun fact this is an art installation known as "Life Underground."  Tom Otterness collaborated with the MTA to create this installation in 2000 as part of the Arts for Transit program. The installation runs along the A, C, E, and L trains.

There's no rhyme or reason to their locations and scattered in such a way that you won't expect them. On benches, ceilings, and under stairwells. I'll be honest I've tried to catalog some of them, but there's simply too many to count. And no wonder since these bronze statues. are no taller than a foot high.

If you are curious, the MTA has generously cataloged them all in case you've missed any.  So take a camera next time you travel on the A, C, E.

It would make a good scavenger hunt wouldn't it?


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