One of the enjoyments you get for your $2.25 subway fare is the sense of excitement as you stare longingly down the tunnel, wondering when is my train going to show up? It's a tradition to gaze eagerly down the tube hoping to catch that first glimpse of headlamps reflecting off the tile and concrete in the tunnel, knowing like a kid waiting for Christmas morning that your un-airconditioned 7 train is on its way.
So it was until recently when the MTA began installing LED signs that tell you exactly how many minutes away your next train is. Now, the excitement is gone.
Artist Jason Eppink shares the disappointment, and surreptitiously began installing (unofficial) signs warning riders that the information on the sign is a spoiler. It's cute, it's creative and it reminds us to avert our eyes and let the mystery remain.
Eppink has a history of doing such stunts, including this classic sidewalk lane piece where he divided up the sidewalk into lanes for New Yorkers and for tourists.