I’ve returned to my New Haven commute now that the new academic year has begun. So once again I regularly pass through the commuter tunnel under the South Norwalk train station as I move between trains on the Danbury line and those on the main line. Much to my surprise, while I’ve been away in Maine over the summer a fascinating display has emerged in this formerly dingy tunnel!
Making its appearance is an array of almost life-size painted figures, some 40 strong, lining the tunnel’s sides. Striking different poses and “moving” in different directions, the figures are dressed in period costume from various eras over the past two centuries: from Civil War soldiers, to turn-of-the-20th-Century immigrants seeking a new life in America, World War I doughboys, 20s flappers, 50s civil rights marchers, 60s flower children, and contemporary young people. Similar displays appear in multiple stations around the country. The installation of this display in the South Norwalk tunnel is sponsored principally by the City of Norwalk. It creates a bright spot for many, like me, during what are otherwise mundane commuting times.