Thursday, April 19, 2018

There's a Starman Waiting in the Station

I know what I need to do this weekend. My friend Jimmy just got back from checking out the David Bowie exhibit that has taken over the Broadway-Lafayette subway station, and provided these fun photos. He writes: "The impressive thing were the lines to buy MetroCards. There are four different Bowie cards AND all of the rats at that station have Aladdin Sane lightning bolts painted on their little faces!"

From April 18 to May 13, wall-sized images of the Starman and art inspired by him will color the walls inside the subway of his former neighborhood.

AM New York reports that each piece of art is paired with something Bowie once said about the city and its impact on his work.

“I have a great time here: we can go where we want, eat where we want, walk out with our child, go to the park, ride the subway, do the things that any family does,” one poster says, quoting Bowie.

You also can learn about places that influenced him with a “Bowie’s Neighborhood Map,” which features places like Electric Lady Studios, Washington Square Park, the subway station and other locales.

Bowie and his wife, Iman, liked to take walks to Washington Square Park, which he described as an “emotional history of New York in a quick walk.” 

Codes on each image are there for you to scan -- Spotify will pop up with Bowie’s music and themed media to accompany the exhibit. The company’s multimedia format, Spotlight, will offer insight into Bowie’s life with anecdotes, tall tales, origin stories and mini-essays that are paired with photos and videos.

You also can have a piece of the takeover by buying one of 250,000 MetroCards featuring five of Bowie’s personas, including Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane and Thin White Duke.

The underground takeover is inspired by the popular “David Bowie Is” exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum and is a celebration of the icon’s life in New York City.

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