Ars Subterranea: The Society for Creative Preservation


We like to play inside ruins.

Ars Subterranea is comprised of artists, historians, and urban explorers working to create an intersection between art and architectural relics in the New York City area.

Our aim is to instigate unique perceptions of New York's history by constructing narratives around the city's forgotten relics. Ars Subterranea encourages its audiences to interact with the city's neglected and ruinous locations by recreating obscure but fascinating aspects of its urban development. Our projects include art installations, history-based scavenger hunts, unusual preservation campaigns, and much more.

We invite you to find out more about our past and future projects and to contact us if you would like to know more.

News:  We just completed "Dead Rollers", an artist's book focusing on gurneys in abandoned hospitals. You can check out the online version here.