"Hive ( Bleecker St.)" 2012 by Leo Villareal
A major new artwork by Leo Villareal entitled Hive (Bleecker Street) has been installed at the Bleecker Street Station. Commissioned by MTA Arts for Transit and Urban Design, the LED sculpture takes the form of a honeycomb, dramatically filling an architectural space in the shape of an ellipse above the stairs that marks the new transfer point connecting the IRT and IND subway lines. The enormous ceiling, hovering overhead, becomes a type of illuminated diagram as vivid colors, outlining each hexagonal honeycomb shape, move across the sculpture. Villareal created an unprecedented art experience for transit riders who use the station, in its use of technology and LEDs.
Photo: MTA Arts for Transit and Urban Design / Rob Wilson