MTA Commissions Blue-Chip Artists to Beautify the Second Ave Subway

The Second Avenue Subway is finally starting to take shape under the streets of the Manhattan’s East Side and the MTA has recruited some top names to produce art for the four major stations along the line’s first leg. Slated to open in 2016, they are planning to commission blue-chip artists like Sarah Sze, Chuck Close, Vik Muniz, and Jean Shin to do site-specific works for the stations.

Gothamist reports that Sarah Sze’s piece for the 96th Street station will be a series “dynamic landscapes evoking wind, architecture, flora and dramatic energy fields” in the form of drawings on porcelain. Chuck Close’s signature portraits of iconic New Yorkers will adorn 86th Street. “Perfect Strangers,” a piece about the everyday people that grace the subway, by Vik Muniz will find a home at 72nd Street. Lastly, an installation of photographs from the Transit Museum on ceramic and glass by Jean Shin will hang at 63rd Street.

Time to get excited — and not just because your commute might become more convenient. Those new subway stations are going to be beautiful.

rendering for Sarah Sze installation

rendering for Jean Shin installation

rendering for Chuck Close installation

— Alanna Martinez (@lanna_martinez)

(From top: rendering for Jean Shin; rendering for Sarah Sze,; second rendering for Jean Shin; rendering for Chuck Close; all photos via Gothamist)