West 34th/Penn Station Subway Art #1

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This is the first image from this particular subway station.

Circus of Garden Delights.
West 34th Street/Penn Station Subway tile mosaic art #1
as seen from its right side at NYC’s West 34th Street stop at 8th Avenue for the A, C and E trains.
Artist: Eric Fischl, 2001.
Image: GrrlScientist 2008 [larger view].

According to the artist, this subway station artwork “depicts a commuter being drawn into the bizarre and surprising world of the circus, meeting animals, clowns, acrobats and fire-breathers on his way to work.”

I have photographed tile artworks from several NYC subway stations now, so far, all are westside Manhattan subway lines, including West 86th Street (1 train), Chambers Street (A & C trains), Houston Street (1 train), Pennsylvania “Penn” station (1, 2 & 3 trains) [subway art archives] and, my favorite subway station of all, the American Museum of Natural History station at 81st and Central Park West (B & C trains) [AMNH archives].


About GrrlScientist

grrlscientist is the pseudonym of an evolutionary biologist and ornithologist who writes about evolution, ethology, and ecology, especially in birds. After earning a degree in microbiology (thesis focus: virology) and working at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, she earned her PhD in zoology from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she studied the molecular correlates of testosterone and behaviour in white-crowned sparrows. She then worked a Chapman Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where she studied the speciation and distribution of lories and other parrots throughout the South Pacific Islands. A discarded scientist, she returned to her roots: writing. Formerly hosted by The Guardian (UK), she now writes about science for Forbes and for the non-profit think tank, the Evolution Institute and she writes podcasts for BirdNote Radio. An avid lifelong birder and aviculturist, she lives with a flock of songbirds and parrots somewhere in Germany.
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0 Responses to West 34th/Penn Station Subway Art #1

  1. Doug says:

    This so much reminds me of the Michelle Shocked song about the tagger.

  2. The Ridger says:

    I had no idea there was art like this on the New York Metro – er, subway! Too cool.
    Thanks so much for sharing it with us.