The EL (Freeman Street Station, Bronx NY)

 

Commissioned by the MTA Arts for Transit, 2008

The elevated trains figure prominently in the look and character of the Bronx, as well as in the psyche of its inhabitants. Since I was a child I’ve been fascinated, disturbed, and inspired by these massive iron-trellised structures which snake their way through the streets, casting such an extraordinary matrix of ever-shifting shadows.  The El, a series of windbreaks created in inch-thick faceted glass, depicts how Bronx life under and around these elevated trains is so greatly influenced by their presence. 

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