Wings for the IRT: The Irresistible Romance of Travel

Wings for the IRT: The Irresistible Romance of Travel

– 1995 –

Terracotta bas relief mosaic in 4 parts and 3 bronze plaques. The large mural: 55″ x 110″ x 2 1/2; the 3 bronze plaques: each 12 3/4″ x 12 3/4″.

Permanent commission by the New York MTA, Arts for Transit program in the Grand Army Plaza subway station, Brooklyn, New York.

This project is based on the sculpture on the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch in Grand Army Plaza, the dominant structure in the Plaza above the station. On the arch, winged victories lead in a chariot bearing Columbia, symbol of the victory of the North in the Civil War. In a subway station, commuters most want to celebrate the arrival of the train, so here, the victories lead in a train. The original logo for the IRT was a winged train, so I used the old-fashioned train and banner from that logo, thus making the image about both the surrounding neighborhood and the subway system itself. At each entrance to the station there is also an individual winged victory, and a small bronze plaque based on a winged woman from the stone work on the Arch.

Wings

Wings

Scenic Overlooks

Scenic Overlooks