Straphangers Lounge Announces Installation in Times Square
For Immediate Release
Come sit in a full-scale subway car or stand on a subway platform made entirely out of textiles!
The Straphangers Lounge—a free interactive textile installation, including a handcrafted life-size subway car, platform wall, and subway signs — will be on display in its entirety early February 2023 at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square.
Artists Karima Sundarji and Sue Hunter have created this unique installation. Their work caught the eye of Vogue Knitting, who invited them to showcase their project in the Artists' Gallery at their Knitting Live conference.
The Straphangers Lounge installation is interactive — attendees can sit in chairs, move through the subway car, and view a subway platform with mosaic signs made of various fiber arts. They may even spot the most famous straphanger, Pizza Rat, on the platform.
Sundarji and Hunter began the project by recreating mosaic subway signs in knitting, quilting, and needlepoint. Their work on the subway signs motivated them to expand their view of the subway and create this installation using a variety of textiles and techniques.
Debuting to high praise at the Wool & Folk festival at Hutton Brickyards in Kingston, NY in October 2022, the installation was a popular attraction at the event.
The installation has an incredible collection of textile pieces including the classic orange 1970s R44 subway car seats, the nostalgic Dr. Zizmor poster, over a dozen stunning mosaics from various platforms, interesting signage, and versions of the subway map. There are homages to various artists who have created pieces for MTA Arts & Design like Sophie Blackall (Missed Connections poster), Xenobia Bailey (Funktional Vibrations mosaic) and Milton Glaser (Astor Place mosaic).
Open to the public, the Straphangers Lounge installation will be on display at the New York Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway, 6th floor, Times Square, New York, NY,
Friday February 10: 12:00pm-8:00pm
Saturday February 11: 10:00am-6:30pm
Sunday February 12: 10:00am-3:00pm