In a public art project that is more delightfully random than meaningful, local artist Elissa Patel decided to put a bunch of people in Bart Simpson masks and have them ride BART for a few stops. She caught the attention of SFGate, and now us, via Instagram and Twitter, and the obvious hashtag #BartOnBART
Here they are, 15 Bart Simpsons, assembling before boarding BART at 24th and Mission. They rode only to Embarcadero, and this was well past rush hour, near 9 p.m. on Tuesday, so their live audience was limited. But hey, you know what? Art!
Getting ready for my first public art project called #BartOnBart with co-conspirators @PablooRochat, Tyler and Edward. // Today Barts will ride the Bart from 24th street to the embarcadero. Bart carries more than 420,000 people a day, and has historically had little art. In comparison, the SF MOMA recently raised 245 Million, and in the year of 2012, it had 632,000 visitors total. That's about 1700 visitors a day, not even 1% of Barts daily traffic. #Bart 💛 #BartSimpson
You can see in the caption above that Patel is trying to make some comparison between BART's ridership and the number of people who visit SFMOMA daily, because, like, more people should see art!
Bart getting off BART .. OMG I GET IT NOW. pic.twitter.com/P3AulDQqfr— Monkonjay (@MonkonjayB) August 10, 2016
If nothing else, Patel seems to have a solid sense of humor in visual imagery.
Behold, some of her previous work: