For Meryl Streep’s birthday, 72 Street becomes “72 Streep”


On June 22 for her 72th birthday, a stop on the New York subway was dedicated to the Oscar winner. Adrian Wilson and Matt Ducan took care of the ephemeral (re) decoration of the station.

Two-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep is a living legend in cinema. And for the 72nd anniversary of his birth, on June 22, two artists from New York decided to honor him by renaming the station 72 Street as 72 (Meryl) Streep.

This symbolic nod to the unforgettable heroine of Out of Africa and of Madison’s road was orchestrated by two artists who admired his gesture: photographer Adrian Wilson and Matt Duncan. The first named explained what prompted them to give him this nice birthday present with typical New York accents: “Meryl is a national treasure. Decorate the Subway in her honor is, I’m sure, an idea everyone will love. “

A memorial and honorary street art

Adrian Wilson, an American of British origin, is a specialist in the (re) decoration of underground stations to the glory of the stars of the seventh art. To rename 72 Street, it was enough for him to put up removable stickers, on which was written “P“, On the last”T»Signs from the metro station. This quick setup only took a few minutes on the very morning of June 22, the actress’ birthday.

Customary with these tributes, this iconoclastic artist has already paid tribute to Prince in 2016, by transforming the mosaic tiles of the Prince N / R station to rename it “Prince rip»After the disappearance of the creator of Purple Rain, on April 21, 2016. He did it again in 2018 by honoring the memory of the queen of soul, Aretha Franklin, by renaming the anniversary of her death on June 16 2018, Franklin Street 1 station in Tribeca, Aretha Franklin Street.

These memorial or honorary dedications, borrowed from street art, are not unanimous. Some consider, in fact, that it would be acts of vandalism. Adrian Wilson has even been taken to the station twice for “illegal inscription of graffiti on a public road“. But the artist and his sidekick did not care because these two cases were very quickly dismissed. They are convinced that these initiatives, always benevolent and ephemeral, will receive the assent and support of New Yorkers over time: “ All this is finally New York’s present dedicated to the talent of one of its most beautiful stars!

On the road to Madison by Clint Eastwood in 1995, with Meryl Streep, Clint Eastwood …

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