Nina Boesch's MetroCard collages are mosaic-like artworks created entirely from used and expired New York City subway tickets. These are her currently available original collages:
Nina Boesch's postcard sets contain 10 different collage images. There are two different sets for sale:
How does Nina create her MetroCard collages?
Nina Boesch upcycles used, expired MetroCards by cutting them into small pieces, sorting them by color, and rearranging the pieces into mosaic-like collages. Nina first draws a sketch onto the canvas and then fills in the shapes with the cut-up pieces of MetroCards—similar to a jigsaw puzzle she assembles the collages .
All artworks are one-of-a-kind and vary in size from 5"x7" to 40"x30". A single collage can contain over 10,000 pieces from up to 500 MetroCards. Nina uses the front of MetroCards for color collages (yellow, orange, blue and black), and the magnetic strip and back of the MetroCards for black and white collages.
How did Nina get started on these collages?
In 2001, after being introduced to the New York City subway system, Nina became inspired by the thousands of disposed MetroCards laying around in the subway stations. Having been raised in Germany—a country that strictly enforces trash recycling—she began to rid the platforms of the disposed subway tickets and bring new life to this everyday object most consider trash. She started repurposing the old, disposed tickets and turned them into art. Since then, her art venture has massively grown in popularity with a global following of art collectors all over the world.
Receiving & giving
Over the years, Nina Boesch has received thousands of used and expired MetroCards as donations from friends, colleagues, and fans of her work.
Nina is paying forward this act of kindness—she supports local institutions and organizations with artwork donations to silent auction fundraisers. Her artworks have raised tens of thousands of dollars across the supported organizations, which include Project Renewal, the Children’s Museum of Arts, the NY Transit Museum, the New York Public Library, the St. Bernard Project, Chefs For Kids, and various public schools.
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