Gallery Mondays: ‘Happy City’ by Peter Sis

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Happy New Year!

I snapped a pic of this giant eye-shaped subway art at 86th Street on the 4, 5, 6 line last January. The piece is part of Czech-born artist Peter Sis’ Happy City.

From afar, this simply looks like a blue eye, and probably nothing more. However, if you get closer to it, you’ll notice a few intriguing details.

The first fun detail about this eye-shaped art is the fact that it’s outlines with the New York City skyline. In the blue sclera of the eye, there are a bunch of stars shining, which leads me to believe it represents the sky or a reflection of the night sky in a river or something.

Finally, there’s the part surrounding the iris, which features a few animals such as a pig, unicorn, and duck. There’s also a compass in the pupil.

I’m not sure what this all means, but to me it’s a sign to look closely. Things might end up being more than they seem in 2018.

Learn more about Happy City.

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Gallery Mondays: A Bird’s Life by Elizabeth Grajales

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Time for some art from New York City’s underground!

On the way to the gym last month, I saw these gorgeous tiled art pieces by Elizabeth Grajales called A Bird’s Life on the platform of the 1 train at Penn Station.

I was drawn to it immediately because of the soft green color. I then noticed the black birds, which, in any other context, would have scared the daylights out of me. For some reason, this depiction of black birds with their young made them seem less frightful.

Learn more about A Bird’s Life here.

Gallery Mondays: Platform by Jillian Tamaki

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As a New Yorker, I must say, this is a very accurate representation of an NYC MTA subway platform.

I’ve been seeing this art card on several trains, but since the cars are always packed to the brim, I could never get a good photo of it until recently.

Called “Platform,” the art card by Jillian Tamaki features a timeline of a diverse range of people waiting for and then walking towards what looks to be a 1 train at 50th Street. I love the girl holding a plant and hauling a small child with her toy in the 4th square from the left. I wonder if she’s the babysitter or older sister…

If you’ve seen “Platform” and wonder if you can buy it, you can, right here!

Gallery Mondays: Béatrice Coron’s “Elegant”

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NYFW SS17 is in full swing! It’s so much fun just walking around Manhattan during New York Fashion Week and seeing all the fashionable people walking about from venue to venue between shows.

I got off the A train at 104 Street last week on the way to my parents’ house and I remembered Béatrice Coron’s stainless steel cutout “Elegant” from the installation On the Right Track. It’s like the woman in the cutout just walked off the runway wearing that gorgeous gown.

Enjoy the rest of NYFW!

Learn more about On the Right Track.

Gallery Mondays: Linda Ganjian’s ‘Home Sweet Home’

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I didn’t get to see the station art at 111 Street on the A train line until last month. I had honestly forgotten that the station got renovated in general, so it was nice walking onto the platform and seeing Linda Ganjian’s Home Sweet Home stainless steel cut outs on the panels.

What I really love about this is the fact that the design doesn’t end with the house. It continues in a neat border pattern, almost as if the house were being framed.

Funny that I actually was headed home sweet home when I saw them…

Learn more about Linda Ganjian’s art here.

Gallery Mondays: ‘Oculus’ by Kristen Jones and Andrew Ginzel

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If you’ve ridden the A, C, or E train to Chambers Street in NYC, or ever waited for one of those trains underground, you’ve probably noticed a bunch of eyeballs staring at you.

I’ve always found these mosaic eyes to be quite intriguing, and it wasn’t until recently while writing an article for Parachute by Mapquest that I discovered these eyes were modeled after 1,200 real New Yorkers. Pretty much all eye shapes and colors are represented in Oculus, which makes sense due to the large group of eyes they were able to use as inspiration. 

The collection of eyes is called Oculus, and its a collaboration between artists Kristen Jones and Andrew Ginzel. Roman mosaicist Rinaldo Piras also teamed up with Jones and Ginzel for the project.

It’s interesting to wonder if my eye would have been recreated with or without my glasses had I been part of the 1,200 New Yorkers these eyes were modeled after.

Learn more about Oculus here.

Gallery Mondays: Béatrice Coron’s “Kind” at 104 Street Station

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Happy Columbus Day! The 104 Street station on the A line was completely renovated a few months ago, which brought some lovely artwork by Béatrice Coron to the platform.

Coron specializes in cut-out art. 104th Street station features her collection On the Right Track, which is a beautiful installation of human-like figures representing different characteristics such as “happy,” or, in this case, “kind.”

I love the fact that you can look at this piece of art and literally see through it. Looking at “Kind” and seeing the landscape through the carvings reminds makes the artwork seem as though it has a much more deeper meaning. Mother Nature is kind, as she gives us natural resources such as oxygen and water. We can see kindness in the woman represented in this piece of art, and literally through her we can see the gifts that Mother Nature gives us.

I also love the way the woman’s robe blends in with the rest if the carvings, making her seem like she’s floating in place.

Watch Béatrice Coron’s TED Talk about her creative process here.