We asked illustrator Pranavi Suthagar to create some speculative designs for new artist MetroCards, and we think M.T.A. should consider making these into a reality. There’s cards for Cindy Sherman, Takashi Murakami, Yayoi Kusama, Shahzia Sikander, Anish Kapoor, Awol Erizku, and Jenny Holzer.
Previous limited-edition MetroCards include designs for Supreme (which wreaked serious havoc at stations) and 2015’s NBA All-Star Game. However, Kruger might be the last collaboration because M.T.A. recently announced that NYC is going to replace MetroCards entirely, in favor of London Underground-style electronic readers. Going digital might solve the problem of turnstile pile-ups and long lines at card-dispensing machines, but you have to admit that there’s something special about that flimsy, finicky little card.
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