"COOM BAROOOM" - Beach 44th Street Subway Station, Rockaway Line, Queens, New York, USA
in collaboration with Jill Parisi
Client: MTA Arts for Transit
Architect: MTA New York City Transit
Photo credits: Peter Bartsch, Rob Wilson
Technique: Hand-painted coloured vitreous enamels on cast glass blocks
DESCRIPTION: The region’s flora and fauna inspired these designs. The artist’s plan was to provide light and vibrant color to an otherwise dark location, to give viewers with a long commute a moment of joy and brightness on their way to and from their homes. Some elements were placed near the bottom so that they would be at eye level for children as they walked by the main portion of the piece and up the staircases to either side of the designs on the south facing side. Through the negative spaces in the design, viewers can see the community to the north, and on the south side, the Atlantic Ocean.