2011-10-21 / Community

Rockaway Surfing Roots Celebrated In MTA Artwork

By Nicholas Briano

Miller’s artwork displayed at the Beach 90 Street train platform. Miller’s artwork displayed at the Beach 90 Street train platform. As they are restoring the A train stations along the Rockaway Peninsula, the MTA will decorate each station with artwork that embodies the spirit of Rockaway and pays homage to its rich and unique heritage.

The first of such artwork installations has been placed at the Beach 90 Street platform. The design, a surfing-inspired faceted glass piece, was inspired by paintings from artist Michael Miller.

Miller, an art teacher and surfer himself, living in Brooklyn had his paintings transformed into faceted glass, which is a thick, glass material set into a sand and epoxy bed and cured. It’s durable for the environmental and traffic demands of a train platform but is reflective with a look similar to fiberglass.

Miller’s artwork was chosen through a selection process that included the community board, elected officials and arts professionals. Various pieces of artwork will continue to be featured at each of Rockaway’s renovated stations.

In all the MTA will display 19 glass panels at Beach 90 Street from Miller that celebrates the tradition of surfing at Rockaway Beach, appropriate for the train stop that is closest to Rockaway’s surfing beach.

According to MTA officials, Miller’s painting are designed to be reminiscent of 1960’s surf posters and music album covers, personified with big, bold colors. The artwork is in three groups of five panels and two pairs of two panels each. More of his work can be seen at http://web.me.com/m2theiller/Site/Cont act.html

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