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A Lifetime Devoted to Sketching the Design Details of the New York Subway

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Great piece from Hyperallergic on artist Philip Ashforth Coppola and his work sketching NYC subway station design.

The most encyclopedic history of the art and architecture of New York City’s subway is slowly being compiled by one man, who sketches every design detail of its stations. Philip Ashforth Coppola (who also goes by Philip Copp) published his first volume of Silver Connections in 1984, and, working chronologically, he estimates he’ll finish his project by 2030.

“Sooner or later, a lot of these will change. They may not be remembered anymore, that’s why I’m making a record of it,” Coppola says in One Track Mind, a 2005 documentary short created by Jeremy Workman.

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