In the days after the 2016 US presidential election, subway tunnels in New York City began to become covered in sticky notes containing moving messages of hope, compassion, and unity.
The notes were part of a project called Subway Therapy, which actually began six months before the election. The creator, artist Matthew “Levee” Chavez, started the project as a safe space and outlet for emotional release.
Levee told BuzzFeed about how the project began and what he hopes people will take away from it:
In May of 2016, I created Subway Therapy to explore how people feel better about the things they feel bad about. For months I had face to face conversations as "the subway therapist," but after the election I wanted to reach more people. I brought sticky notes into the subway so commuters could write something quickly on their way to or from work. New York is generally a lonely and stressful place to live and I wanted to provide an opportunity for spontaneous connection and relief.
Aside from making people happy, I hope participants walk away empowered to make a difference in their own way. Worldwide, we face incredibly complex problems, and I hope projects like mine inspire people to develop creative solutions.