As New Yorkers grieve the loss of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a native New Yorker who was born and raised in Brooklyn, one subway artist has memorialized her in their own way.
Artist Adrian Wilson (@plannedalism) has redesigned the 50th St. subway station at 8th Ave on the C/E line, to now read “Ruth St.”
Wilson has done a few of these tributes in the past — from dedicating Prince St. to music icon Prince to turning Franklin St. into an Aretha Franklin tribute to a David Bowie memorial at Broadway-Lafayette. They always use stickers so there’s no permanent damage, or cost to the city to remove.
They told us via Instagram that it’s “a fun creative way for people to pay their respects” and “a much needed smile during sad times.”
As for the process of finding a place to memorialize Ginsburg, they said: “Her name wasn’t easy to find a spot for but once I did, was a case of trying it on photoshop first then making the pieces fit the size and color.”
It’s also reminiscent of when New Yorkers changed the Bryant Park Subway Station sign after Kobe Bryant’s tragic passing in January.
The sign should be there until the MTA or NYPD removes it since it is technically illegal to obscure the location.
featured image source: Instagram / @plannedalism