Best Reason Public Art Should Come With An Expiration Date (2008)


Norman B. Colp's god-awful Burma Shave routine, THE COMMUTER'S LAMENT—the series of signs in the tunnel between Times Square and Eighth Avenue that starts "Overslept/So tired"—has been annoying 7-train riders since 1991. The idea of displaying some kind of sequence-based art there is pretty clever—but would it kill someone to change it every once in a while?


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