Life Underground by Wichita-born Tom Otterness is my favorite kind of public art, tucked into various places in the 14th Street/8th Avenue subway station in New York City. Over 100 small bronze sculptures are installed throughout the station in vignettes that playfully reference class warfare.
Above, a cop catches a fare evader. Below, a cop is about to engage with a homeless woman.
One of the recurring themes is the figures interacting with oversized subway tokens.
To me, the aesthetic is reminiscent of the cartoon man from Monopoly. There’s a cuteness to the figures that undercuts the sinister aspects of the depicted scenarios. Check out more photos here and here.