NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A local artist is offering free therapy for New Yorkers that doesn’t involve talking.
As CBS2’s Jessica Moore reported, among the crowds of commuters underground at Union Square there’s subway scribble that serves as a form of taciturn therapy — after many were shocked by Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election.
“It made me feel better to get my anger out,” Serena Singh said.
“I’m feeling overwhelmed right now and I feel like I just expressed that on a Post-It,” Sasha Straker added.
Pastel Post-It notes dot the subway tiles with messages of anger, sadness, hope, and resilience. It’s the brainchild of 28-year-old artist who goes by the name Levee.
“There are so many people who walk around with heaviness, and how do they deal with it? And on the subway you can see it. You can see people who are in a bad way,” Matthew ‘Levee’ Chavez said. “So I thought, today I wanted to do something little, something small, that they could get it off their chests, and keep walking.”
Levee started his Post-It project pre-election, but by Wednesday morning the tone of the installation had dramatically changed.
Levee said some people are paralyzed by their passion, unable to speak, but desperate for discourse.
The proof is in the Post-It — Levee burned through 2,000 on Wednesday and returned Thursday with thousands more for people like Lynn Craig.
“The city has been so eerily silent since everything, and I think this is just beautiful that there’s somewhere for people to express themselves and put positive messages and hope back into the world,” she said.
The mural proving sometimes the loudest voices are silent. The artist said he plans to stay underground at Union Square through the end of the week to give more people time to take part in this subway therapy.