West 42nd Street/Times Square Subway Art 2 [Detail 2]

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The Return of Spring.
Artist: Jack Beal (1999).
West 42nd Street/Times Square glass tile mosaic art #2 [Detail 2]
as seen on the mezzanine for NYC’s Times Square stop at Broadway and 41st for the 1, 2, and 3 trains.
Image: GrrlScientist 2008 [larger view].

The pair of 7’x20′ glass mosaic murals, entitled “The Return of Spring” and “The Onset of Winter”, depict various New York City street scenes and were paintings translated to mosaics by Artistic Mosaics Travisanutto of Italy. They were first unveiled to the public at the Gallery of Modern Art in Udine, Italy, in 1999 and 2003 respectively. “The Return of Spring” depicts construction workers and other city dwellers in front of a rendering of an original IRT subway kiosk. The scene depicted in “The Onset of Winter” is a crowd (some with faces of the artist’s friends) watching a film crew record a scene of a woman entering the subway, as the first snowflakes of winter come down on the background New York skyline.


I have photographed tile mosaic artworks from several NYC subway stations now, so far, all are westside Manhattan subway lines; including the West 66th street/Lincoln Center Station (1 train), West 34th Street/Pennsylvania Station (A, C & E trains), 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].

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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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