Mosaic flowers are blooming at this New York City subway station

The stations of New York City’s public transportation system are no stranger to displays and installations of art. This time, floral mosaics have started blooming in a Manhattan underground station.

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The floral mosaics of 28th Street station are the latest in a series of public art displays commissioned by the MTA. Photos by Marc A. Hermann/MTA New York City Transit

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Arts & Design program, always looking to bring more public art to its stations, commissioned Brooklyn-based artist Nancy Blum to create the artwork for the station of 28th Street to complete its six-month renovation process, and that’s how the Roaming Underfoot shimmering mosaics were born.

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The artist has previously worked with mosaics, making the art medium chosen very easy to understand and utilise. Photos by Marc A. Hermann/MTA New York City Transit

The series features mosaics representing flowers that can be found in the nearby Madison Square Park, like camellias, redbuds, witch hazel and magnolias. “When I was awarded this station it was immediately clear to me that I wanted to reflect something of the splendour of the neighbourhood surrounding onto the walls,” Nancy Blum told Lonely Planet. “Madison Square Park has a wonderful Conservancy and terrific art program as well”.

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The mosaic series represents seven varieties of flowers found in Madison Square Park, including daffodils, hellebores and hydrangeas. Photos by Marc A. Hermann/MTA New York City Transit

Blum is a firm believer of the vital role that flowers and their imagery play in our lives as humans. And that’s why she says that ultimately, these large-scale flowering plants are there to “bring life back into this historic station and to interact with the riders in the platform in a way where their whole bodies are standing next to large flowers and they get to feel enveloped by the flowers' majesty and magnificence”.

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Nancy Blum bases her designs off of a variety of 16th and 17th century botanical images. Photos by Marc A. Hermann/MTA New York City Transit

You can catch the mosaics in 28th Street station, and if you’d like to see more works by Nancy Blum, you can check out her page here.