Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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35 Times (2005).

Glazed ceramic panels. Artist: Toby Buonagurio. Photographed at 42nd Street Times Square in the transfer corridor (between the 1, 2, and 3 trains and the Shuttle).

Image: GrrlScientist 5 November 2008 [larger view].


The commission for this work was received in 1992 and the art work was finally installed in 2004 and 2005. The complete work consists of 35 ceramic panels installed in over 800 feet of passages at Times Square.

Toby Buonagurio is a lifetime resident of New York City and she teaches at Stony Brook University, which is part of the SUNY system. She is best known for her colorful, offbeat, tongue-in-cheek, ceramic sculpture.

I have photographed glass tile mosaic artworks from several NYC subway stations now, so far, all are westside Manhattan subway lines; including the Cathedral Parkway/110th Street platform (downtown-bound 1 train only); the mezzanine walls of the 42nd Street (Times Square) for the A, C and E trains; 42nd street/Times Square upstairs platform (1, 2 & 3 trains); 42nd Street/Times Square passageway between the 8th Avenue/Port Authority Bus Terminal (A, C, & E trains) and the 7th Avenue/Broadway (1, 2, & 3 trains) platforms; 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); and 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].

Comments

  1. #1 Hide
    December 26, 2008

    Who would’ve thought about ceramic sculpture 20 years ago?
    Maybe someone had already done it back then but her work really shines. I like her choice of color and it really pops.I think ceramics come alive with a bright color.
    It’s refreshing to see a fine art such as this one.

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