Tag Archive | Subway Stop

Building Façade Mural in Greenpoint Brooklyn By Ola Kalnins

Mural at Greenpoint and Manhattan Avenues
Photos By Gail

As you  enter or exit the G Train Station at the corner of Greenpoint and Manhattan Avenues in Brooklyn, depending on which direction you walk from there, and whether or not your face is buried in your phone, it is pretty hard to miss this bold and very Colorful Abstract Mural that covers an entire facade of the apartment building that is also home to the Greenpoint Deli. Wow, it is really breathtaking.

Mural at Greenpoint and Manhattan Avenues

I snapped these photos on my way back to Manhattan after attending the Five Points Festival and, sadly, the storm clouds were just rolling in, so I’m afraid that the sky is rather dark, which makes for not-so-pretty photos. Bummer.

Mural at Greenpoint and Manhattan Avenues

Up since October of 2017, the mural is the work of Swedish artist Ola Kalnins, who was commissioned by Peter Kirchhausen, the building’s owner, to create this site-specific piece. Kalnins painted the mural on this four-story building over the course of eight days, with the aid of a movable lift. You can watch a fun short (3 minute) film on the story behind the mural at This Link!

Update November 11, 2019:

I walked by this building on a bright, sunny day over the weekend and so I snapped a couple of new pics, including this one of the mural’s reflection in a restaurant window across the street!

Ola Kalnins Building Mural Reflection

Ola Kalnins Building Mural

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Gotta Catch ’em All

23rd Street SubwayExit
Photo By Gail

Gotta Catch All The Trains!

Street Art Wall at the Second Avenue F Train Subway Stop

2nd Ave Subway Street Art
All Photos By Gail

While you can’t really help but notice this colorful wall at the entrance to the F Subway Line at Second Avenue and Houston Street, it takes a keen eye to spot the many street artist and taggers represented in this confined space. Aside from the large Skull and Demon Mural (not sure who the artist is, clues left in the comments are appreciated) displayed on the southern exposure of the Avalon Chemists building, we noticed the following:

David Bowie Tile
Black and white tile portrait of David Bowie by Zimad.

Hektad Tile Mosaic
Hektad Tile Mosaic

Gay Empire
Suckadelic Star Wars parody action figure: Gay Empire Homotrooper.

Update March 12, 2017

I walked by today and the mural has recently been changed to this vibrant abstract by JPO ART, which I like much better than the previous design. As you can see, the Hektad, Suckdelic and Zimad pieces are still intact.

2nd Ave F Train Stop

Lars Fisk, Mr. Softee at Marlborough Gallery

Mr Softee Orb
All Photos By Gail

Chelsea’s Marlborough Gallery is currently hosting the first solo exhibit by New York-based artist Lars Fisk, presenting a group of seven of his signature ball sculptures. Ranging from pea-size to 15 feet in diameter, the works engage mundane subjects from pencil stubs to parking lots. These are fashioned, in their actual materials, into perfected spheres to re-define the object as sculpture. Made primarily by hand in the artist’s Red Hook Brooklyn studio, the sculptures function as a kind of logo for their subject, distilling and encapsulating the physical essence of an object.

Mr Softee Orb

Everyday objects, especially ones whose design is so perfected or irreducible as to preempt change, are among Fisk’s favorite subjects. Others are ubiquitous enough to go unheralded, and the artist is keen to ennoble them. In Fisk’s hands a New York City summer staple, the Mister Softee ice cream truck, becomes a symbol for the city itself — an avatar of freewheeling capitalism and boundless appetite.

Mr Softee Orb

Lot Ball
Lot Ball

While his vehicles have been popular subjects, the series actually originated with simpler sculptures of streets —asphalt spheres (a form with no beginning or end and the three dimensional equivalent of an allover composition) painted with yellow and white lines: an embodiment of movement and the continuous fluid interconnection of paved roads. This idea has culminated in Lot Ball, Fisk’s largest sculpture to date, which stands alone, floor-to-ceiling, in the biggest, most dramatic room of the gallery. Approaching a 1:1-scale distillation of the Queens Costco parking lot, with it’s graphic lines and arrows and formal curbing, the work makes a strong case for beauty in the most banal site imaginable.

Here are some other piece from this fun show!

T and S Self Storage Warehouse First Month Free Ball

T & S Self Storage Warehouse First Month Free Ball

T and S Self Storage Warehouse First Month Free Ball

Trash Can Ball
Trash Can Ball

Street Ball (Cobble)
Street Ball (Cobble)

I think the Manhole Cover is a nice touch!

Subway Balls
Subway Balls: Union Square and Spring Street

My favorites are these subway tile mosaic balls with abbreviated names of stations. Very Cool!

Stop Ball (23rd Street)
Subway Ball: 23rd Street

Mr. Softee By Lars Fisk will be on Exhibit Through October 15th, 2016 at Marlborough Gallery, Located at 545 West 25th Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District!

Parrots Tile Mosaic, 81st Street and CPW Subway Stop

Parrtos Tile Mosaic
Photo By Gail

One of the reasons to visit the American Museum of Natural History is taking part in the Art Safari that you get to enjoy on your way out of the subway! Every time we arrive on the C Train stop at 81st Street and Central Park West to enjoy another urban adventure at this fantastic Museum, we find a new tile mosaic that we’ve not seen before. This pair of colorful parrots rest on the stairway handrail, exiting to the street.

The Subway Has Eyes

Subway Eyes
All Photos By Gail

These tile Mosaic Eyes were spotted on the backside of the stairway leading to and from the platform at the Chambers Street A Train Stop.

Subway Eyes

Please notice that they do not match.

Chambers Street

Mosaic Tile Hats of The Famous, 23rd Street N and R Subway Station

Subway Hats View
All Photos By Gail

As part of the MTA Arts & Design program (formerly known as MTA Arts for Transit), the platform walls at the Broadway and 23rd Street Subway stops for the N and R Trains are decorated with a seemingly endless row of colorful tile mosaics depicting a series of eclectic Hats previously worn on the heads many and varied famous people from times past. Here are few we photo-captured while out on an Urban Safari this last weekend!

Evelyn Nesbitt Actress

Evelyn Nesbitt, Artist’s Model, Actress, Chorus Girl

Samuel Clemens Mark Twain

Samuel Clemens (AKA Mark Twain), Author

Phineas T Barnum

Phineas T. Barnum, Museum Owner and Circus Entrepreneur

Charles Sherwood Stratton Tom Thumb

Charles Sherwood Stratton (AKA Tom Thumb), PT Barnum Performer

Ehrich Weiss Harry Houdini

Ehrich Weiss (AKA Harry Houdini), Magician

Isadora Duncan

Isadora Duncan, Dancer

Winslow Homer

Winslow Homer, Painter

Marie Curie

Marie Curie, Physicist

Robert Ross McBurney and Julia Ward Howe

Robert Ross McBurney, Founder of the YMCA, and Julia Ward Howe, Poet

23rd Street Signage View

23rd Street Signage

Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney
Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney

Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum Subway Stop

Eastern Parkway Subway
All Photos By Gail

When you enter into, or exit from, the subway at the Eastern Parkway-Brooklyn Museum stop, you can’t help but notice that you appear to have entered a showcase for the spoils from some kind of urban archaeological dig. Dozens of artifacts are embedded into the walls to create as stunning a display as anything you’ll see inside the museum.

The permanent installation is part of MTA Arts & Design (formerly Arts for Transit). The 2/3 train subway stop at this station features 78 pieces from the Brooklyn Museum’s own collection of ornaments taken from New York City buildings that are long gone. In fact, the Museum has long served as a repository for ornamental architectural forms salvaged from significant buildings that were being demolished. For installation, mosaic tiles were added along the walls to frame the objects.

Here are some of our favorite pieces photographed this unique subway station. Enjoy!

Brooklyn Museum Subway Stop

Brooklyn Museum Subway Stop

Brooklyn Museum Subway Stop

Brooklyn Museum Subway Stop

Brooklyn Museum Subway Stop

Brooklyn Museum Subway Stop

“At Long Last…” 207th Street Subway Stop

At Long Last
Photo By Gail

Northern Manhattan’s Washington Heights at 207th Street/ Inwood: Here, the A Train begins its 31 mile journey from NYC through Brooklyn to either Lefferts Boulevard or Far Rockaway in Queens. This is where we spotted this distinctive artwork, specifically designed for the station. On the opposite side of this corridor you’ll find a complimentary message, “At the Start…” Both murals’ mirror mosaic text were created from silk screened silver tiles in 1999 by artist Sheila Levrant de Bretteville. Beautiful.

81st and Central Park West Subway Stop, Museum of Natural History

Orange Snake
All Photos By Gail

If you happen to be on the NYC Subway, in transit to the American Museum of Natural History via the C Train, and you are not entirely sure which stop to get off at, don’t even worry about it. You will know when you are at the correct station (81st Street) when you see all kinds of colorful tile mosaic creatures crawling along the walls.

Turtle and Lizard

Assorted Lizards

These gorgeous representations of reptiles, fish, insects and other creatures are part of a station-wide mural project (circa 1999) called For Want of a Nail, which also extends onto the stations lower level platform, exit ramp tunnels to the street and on both the uptown and down town stops (all photos in this post were taken on the uptown platform).

Blue Fish

Tortoise and Frog

The theme of For Want of a Nail relates to the interconnectedness of all living things. Animals depicted in grey shadow (such as the giant tortoise, above) are now extinct while living creatures are depicted in color.

Snail Shell

Lady Bugs

Monarch and Caterpillar

There’s always a lot going on at the Museum of Natural History, and it is very easy to get to. You should plan a summer visit right now!

Green Lizard

Frog

Bat Tile

Kangaroos

Hummingbird

Alligator

Sloth