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New subway station has public art rarely seen: A gay couple

Associated Press logo Associated Press 12/27/2016 By DEEPTI HAJELA and ULA ILNYTZKY, Associated Press
In this Nov. 29, 2016 photo provided by the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, a mural on the wall of the Second Avenue Subway station at 72nd Street, in New York, shows Thor Stockman, left, and his husband, Patrick Kellogg. (New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority via AP) © The Associated Press In this Nov. 29, 2016 photo provided by the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, a mural on the wall of the Second Avenue Subway station at 72nd Street, in New York, shows Thor Stockman, left, and his husband, Patrick Kellogg. (New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — The sight of two men holding hands is far from uncommon, but a mural of two men doing just that is showing up in an unusual place — on the walls of a new subway station in New York City.

Experts say that depiction of love between gay men is a rarity in public art.

The men, Thor Stockman and Patrick Kellogg, are part of artist Vik Muniz's "Perfect Strangers," a series of life-size mosaic portraits of everyday New Yorkers gracing the walls of the new station at 72nd Street on the city's long-awaited Second Avenue subway line. It's scheduled to open Jan. 1.

Stockman says being featured is "like winning the lottery." But he says he wishes that it wasn't such a rarity.

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