New York-based designer Norman Ibarra has created a unique art project that also shows how metro cards and advertising has evolved over time. Metrodeck is a set of playing cards printed on found and repurposed NYC subway fare cards. It attempts to “visually capture the common thread between commuters, public transportation, and chance.”
The cards were inspired by sights around the city, including Coney Island, Grand Central Terminal, the Staten Island Ferry, Times Square, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Statue of Liberty. Designing, collecting, and printing the cards has been Ibarra’s pastime for almost two years. Each face card was individually screen printed in four colors of enamel ink, taking approximately 8 hours.
The unique decks offer some insight into the city’s history by showcasing over ten years of advertising, with each featuring a random assortment of ads dating anywhere between 2001 and 2012. Click through to see pictures of the Metrodeck: