Brooklyn – May 2018 – Subway Mosaics

The New York Transit Museum hosted a talk and book signing with Phil Coppolla who for the last 40 years has gone around the subway system sketching the mosaic signs and artwork that is omnipresent throughout the system.

 

After a film maker showed a 22 minute film on Phil they had a panel discussion.

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As we left we passed a great example in a nearby station.

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The next day at Grand Central Terminal where the Museum has a store and small gallery. They were featuring Phil’s work, including a number of his original sketch books.

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Also included are some of the artwork. Astor Place is named for John Jacob Astor, who was one of America’s first millionaires in the early 1800s. He made his first fortune on furs, hence the beaver sculpture.

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One of the original 33rd Street pieces.

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Phil had very detailed sketches for each one.

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After viewing the exhibit you will find yourself looking at the stations in a different light, actively seeking out the artwork.

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