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Artists Are Transforming Used NYC MetroCards Into Works of Art. Here Are 19 Of Our Favorites.

Some of these are NSFW.

Most New Yorkers just think of their MetroCards as payment for getting around the city, but we might start to look at our transit cards a little differently after seeing this project. New York Academy of Art's exhibition series Single Fare features small works of art made on used MetroCards. 

Instead of tossing, recycling, or adding value to their MetroCards, artists are using them as their canvas to make stunning paintings, drawings, and even sculptures. 

For its fourth exhibition, Single Fare is currently accepting submissions from any artist regardless of where they live. All they have to do is make one or more works of art in any medium on a New York City MetroCard and mail it in. 

"All works exhibited will be for sale for $100," according to the exhibition series' website. "The artist receives $70 for each sale, unless the artist chooses to donate the entire proceeds to the New York Academy of Art and the Alumni Association. Proceeds will go towards scholarships for the NYAA MFA program and to the Alumni Association." 

Many artists have been sharing their MetroCard works on Instagram using the hashtag #singlefare4. From portraits to landscapes to tiny sculptures made of resin, we're seriously impressed with the creativity and detail these artists have been able to incorporate onto this everyday object. 

You can check out some of our favorites (so far!) below:

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(H/T: My Modern Met

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