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Manhattan’s 72nd Street 1, 2, 3 station was renamed “72 ” on the uptown and downtown platforms to mark her birthday on June 22.

The project was undertaken by artist Adrian Wilson and fellow artist and production designer Matt Duncan.

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Wilson told the New York Post that the birthday tribute “was one of these ideas that you have and you’re just like, ‘That’s so perfect’ — and she’s a national treasure, so everyone’s going to love it.”

“You know there’s some things that you do that you know that everyone’s going to love,” he told the outlet. “It’s a fun thing and it’s what we need.”

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This was not Wilson’s first time altering the subway to pay tribute to celebrities and public figures. After Prince passed away in 2016, he changed Prince Street N/R to “PRINCE RIP.” Then when Aretha Franklin died in 2018, he paid tribute at the Franklin Street 1.

One of the most recent homages went out to the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 2020 when he changed the signs at the 50th Street C/E station to “RUTH ST.”

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However, Wilson was relieved to pay homage to a living celeb. “It’s nice to not do a dead person — and I know as a gentleman you’re not meant to reveal a woman’s age — but it’s everywhere,” he told the Post.

“‘Subway Becomes Her’ Happy 72nd birthday Meryl from @plannedalism and @graycement,” Wilson captioned a post showing off the signs.

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With more than 12,000 followers on Instagram, fans of both Streep and Wilson were impressed.

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“Ha! Love this so much!!” another said.

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“i freaking LOVE meryl streep,” a third fan gushed.

While Wilson has been doing the work for several years, he only publicly identified himself in late 2020 because got American citizenship after emigrating from the U.K. Although, he admitted to the Post that he had been arrested for trespassing and graffiti twice but the cases were dismissed in the end.



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