Subway Art Mystery

So there’s this artwork in the subway (one of the “art for transit” pieces) that has two tombstones, one saying “Emilie Muse, 1-23-06,” and the other, “Sludgy, 4-18-07.” It keeps taunting me, and finally I did the Google.

The “Emilie muse, 1-23-06” tombstone would have been for Emilie Neumann Muse, who, amongst other things, swam the English Channel. This NY Times obit summarizes (and then says more) as follows:

Emilie Neumann Muse, who as a young woman exemplified the crazy, flamboyant competitiveness of the 20’s and 30’s by swimming in treacherous waters, wrestling alligators, jumping out of airplanes and being buried alive, died on Jan. 23 in East Patchogue, N.Y. She was 98.

“Sludgy, 4-18-07” turns out to have been a baby whale that got stuck in the Gowanus Canal a day or two prior to that date and then struck a jetty and passed on.

SADNESS ALL AROUND

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Comments

  1. I have seen this piece like a 1000 times before and today is when I notice that, so then i Google and this is the first result.

  2. I’m on my way to work now and I seen I never notice the tomb stone till now and when I saw first thing came to mind was am I the only one that’s gunna notice this looks like I wasn’t

  3. Thanks for looking into it. I’ve been wondering myself for the same reason you were.

  4. crazy. i’ve been wondering about this forever. my son was born on 4/18/07, and i’ve been disturbed the coincidence since i first noticed the tombstone. and, that 1/23/06 date has a numerical association that isn’t anywhere near close to my daughter’s dob of 1/26/05, but i linked this anyway, given the first date…crazy…

    • correction: crazy. i’ve been wondering about this forever. my son was born on 4/18/07, and i’ve been disturbed by the coincidence since i first noticed the tombstone. and, that 1/23/06 date has a numerical association that isn’t anywhere near close to my daughter’s dob of 1/26/05, but i linked this anyway, given the first date…crazy…

  5. Can you send me or post a picture of the subway art? I am Emilie’s direct decesdant, she was my great grandmother, and I just love seeing things about her and learning more!

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