Back to the Garden! Hop on @mtametronorth to the #Riverdale station in the #Bronx to see "Flora Fantastica!", the newly opened exhibit @wavehill, featuring artwork by four #MTAArts commissioned artists! @nancy_blum @thefabulousac @elisabethcondon and @jillparisistudio explore patterns and #botanical sources, bringing the lush summer #garden experience into #GlyndorGallery. ** ** Top Image (Detail): Nancy Blum, “Billow”, (2007), ink, colored pencil, gouache & graphite on paper in exhibition at Wave HIll. Bottom Image (Detail): Nancy Blum, “Floating Auriculas” (2007), Glass mosaic at Dobbs Ferry @mtametronorth. ** #MTAArts #WaveHill #FloraFantastica #MetroNorth #NancyBlum #AmyCheng #JillParisi #ElisabethCondon #Riverdale #DobbsFerry #publicart
To the moon and back! On the walls of the #DyckmanStreet Station (1 train), artist Wopo Holup’s created “Birds in Flight-Moon View” (2013), a ceramic relief that shows a view of the earth as seen from the moonscape (from the Apollo missions). In the artist’s words, the work “greets customers upon entering the station and emphasizes nature and the vastness of the universe.“ #MTAArts #WopoHolup #NationalMoonDay #Apollo11 #theeaglehaslanded
What better place to celebrate #NationalHotDogDay than at the Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue station with artist #RobertWilson’s “My Coney Island Baby” (2004). According to The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, Charles Feltman first opened a hot dog stand on #ConeyIsland in 1871 and sold 3,684 sausages that year. In 1916, one of Feltman’s employees, Nathan Handwerker, opened a small hot-dog stand at Surf and Stillwell with his wife, Ida, where they sold hot dogs for half the price. With the subway’s extension to Coney Island in 1920, thousands of New Yorker’s began flocking to #Nathan’s.
#SouthFerry Terminal has recently reopened after post-Sandy repairs, making the monumental art work by @dmstarn once again visible to the public! “See it split, see it change” (2008), a multi-part installation with silhouetted trees evoking #BatteryPark above, a map of contemporary #Manhattan with an overlay of #oldNewYork, and an giant leaf echoing the shape of the island of Manhattan, compares and contrasts the routes and lines of the transportation system with the veins and arteries of the natural world, conveying the passage of time and progress in a growing and changing city. On the mezzanine level of the station, the aftermath of #Sandy left a high water mark on the Starn brothers’ mosaic map that nearly coincided with the area of #LowerManhattan that flooded. At the artists’ request during conservation, a hint of that shadowy line was left behind as a faint reminder.
For the first time in nearly a century, you can see an uninterrupted, sweeping view of the western façade of @grandcentralnyc. Spanning an entire city block, this impressive view of #GrandCentral will be visible until the new #OneVanderbilt building starts to rise above ground later this year. Photographer @lynn_saville's new #Lightbox photography exhibit in Grand Central Terminal’s West Dining Concourse captures this unique moment at #42ndStreet and Vanderbilt Avenue. Visiting multiple times at dawn, midday, and dusk, from different heights in nearby buildings and on the ground, Saville skillfully captured the changing light across the western face of the terminal, and the humans that activate the space during quiet moments of everyday life and at classic #NewYorkCity rush hour, re-imagining the everyday environment as a cinematic film set. "Grand Central Revealed: Photographs of the west façade" was generously sponsored by @duggalnyc and @kodak alaris.
In May, #MTAArts celebrated the 30th anniversary of our #MusicUnderNewYork auditions and 70 acts competed for a coveted spot in the #MTAMusic program. Today we are excited to announce the 28 great musicians who will be joining our MTA Music community! (Link in bio) Please enjoy these playful drawings by @joan_chiverton who was live drawing every performer at the auditions, with music by #SeanGrissom, and enjoy all of the performers who provide the daily soundtrack for your subway journey.
Happy first day of summer! Today #FultonCenter’s “Sky Reflector Net” will soak up 15 hours, 5 minutes and 35 seconds of daylight during the #summersolstice, the longest day of the year. To channel maximum sunlight and to determine the positioning of the oculus, @mtaartsdesign commissioned James Carpenter Design Associates, partnering with @grimshawarch and @arupgroup, who performed a “daylight analysis” to map solar exposures and shadow patterns of surrounding buildings. At noon, Fulton Center will receive the greatest and longest amount of direct sunlight of the year. #MTAArts #summer #daylight #sunlight #solstice #JamesCarpenterDesign
At its annual conference last week, @americans4arts' 2016 Year in Review honored the #SecondAvenueSubway art installations by #SarahSze #ChuckClose #VikMuniz and #JeanShin! Chosen by a jury from 325 entries from North America, awarded projects are considered among the best #publicart produced in the preceeding year. #MTAArts #AFTACON #2ndAveSubway #subwayart #americansforthearts
Celebrating our #oceans today! At the Beach 44 Street station (A train) in #FarRockaway, Queens, artist #JillParisi created over-sized imaginary #seacreatures inspired by the nearby marine anomaly where the #GulfStream currents carry various #tropicalfish to the region. Parisi titled the work “Coom Barrooom” (2011) after a passage from #WilliamCarlosWilliams’ poem, “Spring and All”, which contains playful lines like ‘coom barrooom-‘, mimicking the sound of #crashingwaves. #WorldOceansDay #MTAArts
#StatenIslandRailway’s new #ArthurKill station is at the southern end of #StatenIsland, where #land and #water meet. Here @jenna_lucente created “Tottenville Sun, Tottenville Sky” (2016) in laminated glass windows, where she merges historic local architecture with #natural wildlife of the area. The yellow represents the #sun and the bright light of the morning commute, while the blue brings in the #sky and the evening ride home. We wish you plenty of both this weekend! #MTAArts #JennaLucente
Who's ready for summer on the elevated train platforms? Repost @bates_george: Checking in on my public art pieces at the Central Ave, M Line, for the @mtaartsdesign station conservation team. We created 10 sets of windscreen panels in 316 Stainless Steel, installed in 2012 and exposed to the elements for the ages. #mtaarts #publicart #centralave #generationdynamica #exposedtotheelements #bushwick #brooklyn #publicartist ™@bates_george