Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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Circus of Garden Delights.

West 34th Street/Penn Station Subway tile mosaic art #1
[detail #8, looking from left to right]
as seen at NYC’s West 34th Street stop at 8th 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 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 Jeb, FCD
    June 25, 2008

    Umm…maybe I crazy but this looks to me like someone on fire being forcibly sodomized by a demon…

  2. #2 Chris
    June 25, 2008

    Penn Station..ahhh..So beautiful, yet so crazy.

    I never get a chance to stop and look around, too many crazy people running to the trainss

  3. #3 Bob O'H
    June 26, 2008

    It looks like Michael Jackson.

  4. #4 TLynn
    June 26, 2008

    What Jeb said.

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