Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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Circus of Garden Delights.

West 34th Street/Penn Station Subway tile mosaic art #2 [Detail #1]
as seen looking from left to right 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 Brian
    June 28, 2008

    Even though it doesn’t in any way compare with the AMNH station, I’m going to put in a request for the 207th st A station. The At the Start/At Long Last was obvious in terms of what it meant, but it still cheered me a bit. A lot more than Penn Station, which really never felt like NY to me. For one thing, it was always clean.

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