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 [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].


  1. #1 Marilynn
    August 31, 2008

    That is so amazing…just breath taking. Next time I’m in New York, I’m making my brother take mt around to see all the subway artworks.

  2. #2 Alethea
    August 31, 2008

    Hey, Grrl! it was great to meet you IRL.

    If you are still in London, you might enjoy visiting the Leytonstone underground station, where Alfred Hitchcock mosaics adorn the walls. I think it was Matt who mentioned it, but I don’t remember. Hope you are having fun!

  3. #3 "GrrlScientist"
    September 1, 2008

    it was great to meet you, too, and great suggestion, aletha! i will see if i can make it to that station and photograph it before i leave.

  4. #4 Judith
    September 5, 2008

    Hey, is that girl wearing a Prof. Steve Steve Tshirt?

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