Next Stop Atlantic is a photographic series by Stephen Mallon documenting the New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority’s recycling program that builds artificial underwater reefs from old subway cars. Taken over the course of three years along the Eastern seaboard from Delaware to South Carolina, these photographs track the final passage of hundreds of decommissioned subways cars as they make their way to their last stop:The Atlantic Ocean. The photographs dramatically capture the moments before, during, and after these subway cars are dropped into the sea to spend their “retirement” as a new home for undersea life. Next Stop Atlantic opens to the public July 29.
The New York City Transit authority joined the artificial reef building program off the East Coast in 2000. Stripped and decontaminated subway cars were shipped on barges to be dropped into the ocean to build refuge for many species of fish and sea life to colonize the structures. Mallon’s related time-lapse video, A Bridge Delivered, chronicling the 136-mile journey of the Willis Avenue Bridge from upstate New York to its final home at 125th Street, will also be on view in the Marité & Joe Robinson Strolling Gallery I.
Stephen Mallon is a New York-based industrial photographer. He gained wide recognition for his dramatic series of photographs, Brace for Impact: The Salvage of Flight 1549, documenting the salvaging of the US Air flight Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger managed to emergency-land safely in the Hudson River on January 15, 2009. Recently, Mallon spent over six months producing a short film about the transport and installation of the new Willis Avenue Bridge. Produced from over 30,000 still images, the time-lapse film A Bridge Delivered was reviewed by the Wall St Journal, New York Magazine, GQ, PDN and WIRED.