He Collected Old Plastic Bags To Create Ethereal Artwork That Makes A Tragic Point.
Subway grates that fill the sidewalk with gushes of air when the train rolls by are a common sight in New York City -- but not subway grates with polar bears on them.
Artist Joshua Allen Harris has created an inflatable plastic bag polar bear that inflates and deflates with the passing of the train below, and the images of his work have gone viral. According to Harris, the bear springing to life and then deflating in a few seconds is a commentary on global warming, the temporary nature of all life, and the quickness with which the world can change.
It's compelling stuff, but above all, Harris' work is super adorable. See the images of his subway grate polar bear below.
The polar bear, when blown up, almost resembles a puppy: Adorable and totally approachable.
Here, a mama Air Bear is pictured with her tiny, inflatable cub.
Here's what the bears look like in action, as the subway train passes below.
It's amazing how seamlessly the artist was able to get the bears to "come to life."
Naturally, the Air Bear has made quite an impression on passersby -- and after the train passes through, he deflates as quickly as he arrived.
See more of this fascinating installation in the video below.
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