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NYC Subway Art – Emika Shirakawa


There are 67 figures depicts New Year’s Eve revelers in early 1990s along a corridor because MTA gives a lot of space for her artwork. Mosaics used for this are made in Murano, Italy. Dickson lived in and worked at New York City for years.

You can see how she created this artwork on these videos below.

Times Square-42nd Street/Port Authority Bus Terminal station

This depicts the spirit of the NYC subway passing the past and heading for the future with dynamic energy. Lichtenstein was born in New York in 1923 and spent his last years here. He incorporated images from the works of other artists into his work. In this artwork, he applied a main character of Buck Rogers, an old SF comic, at the right of the mural and the42 image at the center is from architectural drawings of the subway.

34th Street-Penn Station

This artwork is a series of narrative story that a commuter being drawn into the bizarre world of the circus, meeting animals, clowns, acrobats and fire-breathers along his way to work. Fischl, born in Long Island, hoped a passing passenger to forget about the daily routine and go on a journey of the spirit from peace and harmony through the strangeness and chaos and back again. This was dedicated to circus performances “The Greatest Show on Earth” held annually at Madison Square Garden next to this station.

8th Avenue, 14th Street

Some depict workers carrying giant tools, and the artwork collaborated with 19th century’s political cartoonist Thomas Nast. This installation took several years owing to long disputes with bureaucrats. In the meantime, parts of this installation appeared all over the city such as Central Park, Battery Park, Downtown Brooklyn and Pratt Institute. Otterness, born in Kansas, is an established figure in the New York City art world.

Prince Street

This artwork shows 194 silhouetted people based on photos of the New Yorkers in all their variety, which creates a long narrative story. Over 200 New Yorkers were photographed walking along the street for this artwork. The title means that most people on the streets in New York are always carrying, sometimes it’s huge and outlandish. After 9/11 tragedy, New Yorkers felt that they must carry on with their lives. This is also included the title meaning.

50th Street station

This artwork features “Alice in Wonderland” and reflects stagecraft found in the Broadway theaters nearby. Porter studied in Mexico City and moved to New York, where she co-founded the New York Graphic Workshop with other artists in 1964. She was a professor at Queens College, CUNY until 2007.

81st Street-Museum of Natural History station

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