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.
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.
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”.
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”.
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.