Happy Labor Day weekend! Please enjoy Louis Delsarte’s permanent glass mosaic artwork, Transitions, at the Church Avenue station in Brooklyn. Celebrating the vibrancy of the Flatbush section, Delsarte focuses on the colorful and energetic West Indian-American Day Carnival. This year’s festivities will kick-off tonight at 6PM on Eastern Parkway near the Brooklyn Museum! Enjoy!
Artist Shinique Smith created Mother Hale’s Garden, a permanent laminated glass and mosaic artwork on the facade of the new Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot located between 146th and 147th Street in Central Harlem. Smith’s exuberant brush strokes and vibrant collage were translated into glass and ceramic mosaic that spans the building’s exterior. This past weekend, Smith’s solo exhibition Bright Matter opened at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston features 30 of her key works from this past decade with more than a dozen new pieces, on view until March, 2015.
Images: 1-2. Shinique Smith, Mother Hale’s Garden, 2013.
3. Shinique Smith, Splendid, 2014.
Legendary graphic designer and artist Milton Glazer created one of our earliest permanent art projects, Untitled, at the Astor Place station. This porcelain enamel work compliments the station’s historic fabric while making bold geometric patterns in colors that echo the existing elements. Recently, Glaser designed a new climate change logo promoting awareness and a banner featuring the new logo will hang on side of the School of Visual Arts building!
#TBT to when Ryan Gosling (
lookalike) stopped to check out artist Owen Smith’s permanent ceramic mosaic installation, An Underground Movement: Designers, Builders, Riders at the 36th Street Station in Brooklyn!
Artist Simon Levenson created The Beaches of New York City, a glass block permanent artwork at the Beach 60 Street station in the Rockaways on the A Line. With his expressive brushstrokes, Levenson’s painted figures remind us of childhood memories at the beach. Presently, Levenson is a Painter-in-Residence at Bryant Park, painting summer landscapes and the iconic imagery of the park until Friday, August 15th. Go say hi!
#TBT Thinking about visiting the awesome Central Park Zoo this weekend? Take the train to the Fifth Avenue/59th Street station to visit the park and along the way, see Ann Schaumburger’s permanent artwork, Urban Oasis. Installed in 1997, the glass mosaic depicts a menagerie of animals and birds that can be seen in the zoo!
Christopher Russell created Bees for Sunset Park, a cast bronze permanent art installation at the 9th Avenue station on the D line in Brooklyn. Designing two sets of gates and finials for the fences surrounding the historic station, Russell focused on the image of the bee, referencing the station as a kind of beehive and center of activity with individuals darting in and out. Opening this Thursday July 31st , Russell’s work will be featured at the Independent Art Projects, a new collaborative 2,500 square-foot art space in the MASS MoCA complex in North Adams, MA. Running until September 21st, the exhibition will include work from his most recent project, After the Golden Age, comprised of historic European decorative art references.
Images 1-3. Christopher Russell, Bees for Sunset Park, 2012.
4. Christopher Russell, Tooth and Claw, 2014.
Planning on seeing a Yankee game this weekend? If you’re taking Metro-North Railroad to Yankees-E.153rd Street station, see Ellen Harvey’s permanent work The Home of the Stars in the pedestrian overpass. This large-scape series of glass mosaic panels captures the south-facing Bronx evening sky in April as it changes from 6:30 to 9pm depicting the radiant cloud-filled sky to a starlit night.
Exhibition Tuesday! Alyson Shotz created Nautical Charts- Gowanus & Red Hook from 1733-1922; Fathom Points + Compass Bearings, a permanent laminated glass, ceramic tile and stainless steel artwork at the Smith-9th Street station on the F and G line in Brooklyn. Currently, her work can be seen in a group show, The Thing Itself at the Yancey Richardson Gallery in Chelsea, NYC. On view until August 22, this exhibition examines photography, looking at the tools and materials used by many photo-based contemporary artists.
Images1-3.: Alyson Shotz, Nautical Charts- Gowanus & Red Hook from 1733-1922; Fathom Points + Compass Bearings, 2013.
4. Alyson Shotz, Double Fold, 2013.
Exhibition Tuesday! Artists Doug & Mike Starn created a permanent artwork at the South Ferry subway station on the 1 line, entitled See it split, see it change. Their monumental artwork comprised of glass and stone mosaic, a glass tile wall and a stainless steel fence reveals images of tree limbs and leaves in silhouette. Adapted from photographic imagery, these depictions reference Manhattan’s Battery Park, which is located directly above the station. The mosaic leaf and map tell the story of New York’s lifeline, as it keeps growing and changing. Recently, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem commissioned the Starn’s to create Big Bambu: 5,000 Arms to Hold You, a enormous installation of bamboo and rope towering over 50 feet high and covering around 7,500 square feet in the Billy Rose Art Garden outside the museum.
Images: Doug & Mike Starn, See it split, see it change, 2008.
Bottom: Doug & Mike Starn, Big Bambu: 5,000 Arms to Hold You, 2014.
These summer evenings have just been so wonderful lately, right!? Nothing better than a warm summer breeze at dusk. Check out our #TBT to the magical artist Takayo Noda, whose dimensional paper collage was featured as a 2009 Artcard. Some of you may remember the colorful Traveling Dinosaur Chicks, enjoying a summer night. Also, see Noda’s permanent artwork at the Sutter Avenue station here!