Sis’ Subway Scribbling

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Caldecott award-winning children’s book author/artist, Czech-born Peter Sis, has long done underground art for the New York City MTA. His latest drawing of Manhattan isle will appear in subway cars on all lines throughout the city.

MTA Yellow Submarine Final

Submarine. Commissioned by MTA Arts & Design

Sis told me that “The idea [for the new piece above] was to remember John Lennon’s 75th birthday. … I found out doing this that Heinz Edelmann, who designed the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine animated film, was born in Czechoslovakia. I met him in London way back and did not know.”

86th Street station.

86th Street station.

Reminiscing about his love of NYC and his work for the MTA, he told me, “My favorite part of New York was coming to see you in old New York Times from 8th Avenue subway—all the hotels, bars, characters …”

Grand Central

Grand Central



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Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.View all posts by Steven Heller →