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The Art of New York City’s Bacterial World by Craig Ward

The Art of New York City’s Bacterial World by Craig Ward

British-born, New York-based designer and art director Craig Ward has created the “Subvisual Subway” project, a series of portraits depicting  New York City’s microscopic residents.

To create his unconventional series, in the summer of 2015, Craig rode the trains of each of New York City’s twenty-two subway lines to collect bacterial samples from hand rails, seats and other high traffic surfaces.

Craig explains: ‘The samples were taken using sterilized sponges that had been pre-cut into the letter or number of the subway line from which the sample was to be taken – A, C, 1, 6 etc etc. The swabs were then pressed into pre-poured agar plates – their circular shape echoing the graphic language of the subway – and incubated for up to a week in his Brooklyn workshop, and photographed at various stages of development before being safely neutralized and disposed of.’

‘The resulting images are a portrait of the complex microcosm that each of us contribute to and are a part of, and serve as an excellent visual analogy for diversity of the city at large. They hopefully also serve as a reminder that in a place that can make you feel extremely small, there are countless billions of smaller inhabitants.’

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The Art of New York City’s Bacterial World by Craig Ward

The Art of New York City’s Bacterial World by Craig Ward

The Art of New York City’s Bacterial World by Craig Ward

The Art of New York City’s Bacterial World by Craig Ward

The Art of New York City’s Bacterial World by Craig Ward

The Art of New York City’s Bacterial World by Craig Ward

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