Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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The Onset of Winter.

Artist: Jack Beal (1999).

West 42nd Street/Times Square glass tile mosaic art #1
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 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].


  1. #1 Cuttlefish
    August 28, 2008

    I thought you were in London!

    (I was looking for art in the NYC subways the past few days… I found very little, which made me appreciate all the more the effort you have put out to find, photograph, and post all the wonderful images you have shared with us! Thank you, thank you, thank you!)


  2. #2 "GrrlScientist"
    August 29, 2008

    i am in london right this minute! but i still have time for my readers!

  3. #3 Chris
    August 29, 2008

    I love this one, I think it is coming out of the 1,2,3 train at 42nd st into the main concourse. Across the hall is the equally colorful “Return of Spring,” which hopefully you can post. I also understand these represent the story of Hades and Persephone.

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