Saturday, May 25, 2013

Middle Earth Daily News

Artist plants ‘Lord of the Rings’-style mock MTA posters in NYC subway stations 

Designer William Puck sprinkled Tolkien-influenced art throughout the transit system.

Artist William Puck's Lord of the Rings inspired art work posted across the subway system.

BEN MUESSIG

Artist William Puck's Lord of the Rings inspired art work posted across the subway system.

    Straphangers shall not pass!

    At least they won't do so without pausing to notice a batch of "Lord of the Rings"-inspired artwork being passed off as MTA announcement posters peppered throughout the New York subway system.

    The wizard behind the campaign is artist William Puck, who has also made a batch of "Middle Earth Card" Metrocards that have been turning up on subway seats and station benches. The back extols finders to "seek out more in your adventures on the subway."
    A fantasy service advisory  warned passengers that Helm's Deep - a valley in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth - would be 'Closed until the first light of the fifth day.'

    BEN MUESSIG

    A fantasy service advisory  warned passengers that Helm's Deep - a valley in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth - would be 'Closed until the first light of the fifth day.'

    One of the Tolkien-influenced signs drew curious stares from straphangers on Wednesday at the Union Street R train stop in Park Slope, where the fantasy service advisory warned passengers that Helm's Deep - a valley in Middle-earth - would be "Closed until the first light of the fifth day."

    For those who can't tell an orc apart from a goblin, the instruction is a tip of the helmet to a line Gandalf utters before a seminal battle in the fantasy epic.
    The sign didn't appear to cause any passengers to change their travel plans, but a Daily News reporter wasn't the only commuter who snapped a quick photo of the flier before hopping on the train.

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/artist-plants-lord-rings-themed-mta-posters-article-1.1353852#ixzz2UJ3WvlA