New York's largest art museum -- its transit system -- can now be carried around in your pocket.
The MTA is now part of the Meridian app, which provides comprehensive details on the wide variety of permanent artwork installed throughout the subway and rail system in New York.
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"This is a phenomenal use of technology," said MTA Chairman Joseph J. Lhota. "This app will help our customers recognize that New York's transportation system, besides helping 8.5 million people get to work every day, is a world-class art museum with works by many of the most renowned artists of the 20th and 21st centuries."
Available for both Android and iPhone, the app allows visitors to select a work of art in the New York City Subway, Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North Railroad, and MTA Bridges and Tunnels and then learn more about it on their mobile phone.
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The app provides background information about each piece of art and its significance, as well as video and audio clips featuring its artists at select stations.
"We get lots of positive feedback about our art collection," said Sandra Bloodworth, Director of MTA Arts for Transit and Urban Design. "It's a part of riding the train that people love. Now we've made it easier to find out more about the collection. We'd already posted a significant amount of information about our art online, but with this app, it is as if you have a Museum in the palm of your hand."
Works within the app are organized by subway or railroad line and artist. You can browse through the art available on a particular line, or check out what's available in the MTA system by a particular artist. The app also offers turn-by-turn directions to installations, and trip planning if you want to plan an art ride through the transit system.
The Meridian app is a free download, and also features tours of the Portland Art Museum, Balboa Park in San Diego, Powell's Books in Portland, amongst others.
This story originally published on Mashable here.
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