After the US election of November 8, an artist named Matthew “Levee” Chavez set up what he called a “Therapy Wall” in the Union Square Subway station. Passersby left sticky notes with their fears and concerns following the election of NYC’s least favorite son. (While the state of NY went blue at about 60%, the City itself was closer to 80% for Clinton.)
On Tuesday (November 29, 2016), many of the notes were taken down, however, making way for advertisements paid for by Sonos–the speaker company. But after several tweets protesting the removal of the Therapy Wall, Sonos decided it’d rather not get in the way of millions of New Yorkers’ therapy this holiday season. The company backed down, and allowed the stickys to stay up.
Today I went to Union Square, to make sure everything was ship shape. While there are some obvious blank spots, the wall continues to thrive. Several other spots (outside the turnstiles) have sticky notes now too.
I took some photos of notes that struck me. And was handed a “How to Resist” flier by a man organizing protests and demonstrations.