Eddie van Halen
Alan Light

Artist Transforms NYC Subway Station To ‘Van Halen Ave’

Despite the untimely death of Eddie Van Halen casting a dark shadow over the music industry last week, one artist pays tribute in the best way he can.

Over the last few years, New York City has seen a trend of subway stations being redecorated to honor the passing of iconic musicians i.e. Spotify transforming the Union Square and Broadway-Lafayette stations into elaborate memorials for Prince and David Bowie and the Franklin Avenue station in Brooklyn was briefly turned into “Aretha Franklin Avenue.”

Now, New York street artist Adrian Wilson has transformed Brooklyn’s Van Siclen Avenue on the A/C line into “Van Halen Avenue.” Known for his recent Ruth Bader Ginsburg tribute, he wrote in a post: “Come on people! I even explained on TV how this works and how easy it is. A famous person dies, look up the name of a subway stop and put a sticker over it to memorialize the person.It’s that easy!I left it 4 days for someone else to head to Brooklyn and take the credit but nobody stepped up, so ok, I guess I’ve got to do it myself… you’re welcome.”

Check out the fitting “Van Halen Ave” memorial below.


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Photo: Alan Light