Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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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].


  1. #1 Doug
    June 17, 2008

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

  2. #2 The Ridger
    June 19, 2008

    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.

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