All Aboard The Train

"Missed Connections," by Sophie Blackall.
“Missed Connections,” by Sophie Blackall.

An orthodox Jew, reading the Torah. A girl clutching a cello. A Chinese immigrant dwarfed by an oversize leafy vegetable in a grocery bag. A lanky teen, leaning on the handrail. A young couple, in the throes of passion, oblivious to the crowd.

This is the rich assortment of characters that feature in “Missed Connections,” a piece of subway art by Sophie Blackall that depicts a scene inside a typical New York City subway car.

On the wall behind the man playing the accordion, is a miniature replica of this very painting, a piercing detail, which is often missed. Commuters on the train, therefore, see a picture within a picture.

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