96thStreet: Sarah Sze, Blueprint for a Landscape
Porcelain tile, fabricated by Sarah Sze Studio, Alcalagres, and Estudio Cerámico.
Sarah Sze’s artwork at 96th Street profoundly impacts the station, as her imagery is applied directly on over 4,300 unique porcelain wall tiles, spanning approximately 14,000 square feet. The designs feature familiar objects –sheets of paper, scaffolding, birds, trees, and foliage –caught up in a whirlwind velocity that picks up speed and intensity as the composition unfolds throughout the station with references to energy fields and wind patterns. Each entrance features a different shade of blue and a blueprint-style vector line design, a visual theme that is integrated with the architecture, creating one of the most dynamic stations in the MTA system.
Sarah Sze represented the United States at the Venice Biennale in 2013, and was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2003. She has exhibited her intricate sculptural installations in museums worldwide, and her works are held in the permanent collections of prominent institutions, including Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Sze has been featured in international Biennials and has created public works for MIT, Walker Art Center, the High Line and the Public Art Fund in New York. She was born in Boston and lives and works in New York.
Photo: Metropolitan Transportation Authority