2012-02-10 / Community

Subway Art Continues At Beach 25 St. Station

Artwork created by artist Mauricio Lopez, titled “Past/Present/Future,” was recently installed at NYC Transit’s Beach 25 Street station. Lopez was commissioned through the MTA Arts for Transit program in a process that included community representatives. Lopez’s site-specific artwork was fabricated by Erskin Mitchell Glass into 15 panels of faceted glass for the location on the station platforms. Faceted glass is a durable and expressive medium, where the facets of the glass capture and refract light to make the artwork appear to glow when reached by sunlight.

Through “Past/Present/Future,” Lopez distills his perception of the Rockaway landscape with its streets and buildings that are framed by the continuous change of colors and textures of open sky, ocean, and bay.

The past and present are depicted through a variation of light and seasonal colors and abstract shapes of the landscape. The future is reflected by new developments and the environment, reflected through different levels of transparency in the glass. The various layers present both a timeline and an organic portrayal of the community.

In creating the artwork, Lopez was inspired by the powerful natural setting of the Rockaways that has provided life for centuries and attracted many to move to the area in the last 150 years. As people from Rockaway may say, “Once you get sand in your shoes, you’ll come back.” Lopez’s artwork honors those who have lived and live in the Rockaways, and their tenacity and commitment to their community.

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