Mallon’s photographs illustrate the ironic decision in which NYC took part in building artificial reefs. Reflective of their notion to save fleeting oceanic life comes an accidentally apocalyptic aesthetic to which these photos have captured.
Once packed subway cars are stacked atop one another, waves surging into empty carts. Although this goes without saying that they are loaded with questions and inferences e.g. What else would have been done with these cars? Is there a lack of funds being allocated to waste in NYC?
Upon seeing how the cars seem to paradoxically become part of the ocean, one may question the act of feeding the sea with symbolism of its unhealthy state. This seemingly strange tactic however, has proved to be useful on other coasts.