A mural of a woman walking along the New Yorkers’ subway tracks is not only an iconic piece of art, but it has become the focal point for a series of protests in New York.
It has drawn ire from the New Yorker city council, who has called it “reprehensible and offensive.”
Read moreThe subway mural, which depicts a woman running alongside an escalator, has sparked a social media campaign that has attracted millions of views.
A petition demanding the mural be taken down has garnered over 11,000 signatures, with some calling it “disgusting” and “reprehenible.”
However, the New Republic, which owns the New World, and the subway’s owner, the company that operates the MTA, have said they support the mural and will continue to do so.
“The New York subway system is one of the most iconic public spaces in the country and our subway system serves over 14 million passengers daily, providing safe, efficient and efficient transportation to and from our major destinations,” the two companies said in a joint statement on Tuesday.
“While we disagree with the actions of some in the New City Council, we support the New Riders and New Yorkers who have taken this issue very seriously.
We are committed to continuing to work with them to reach a peaceful resolution.”
The city council had voted to remove the mural from the subway, with the vote on Monday night also being delayed by the protesters, who said they wanted to make a point that the mural was not part of the city’s cultural heritage.
The mural is in the Queens section of the subway station and depicts a young woman, who appears to be holding a bicycle.
A man is also depicted running with the woman.
The woman is accompanied by a man who appears in the background, with his arm around her waist.