Tuesday, September 16, 2014

"Under Bryant Park," Manhattan, New York, New York

Mother Goose
Beneath Bryant Park – at 42nd St., down a long corridor (connecting #7 train to 6th Ave. trains) to the 5th Ave. exit, you’ll find quotations ranging from Mother Goose's “Jack and Jill,” to an obscure passage from James Joyce’s “Finnegan’s Wake” ("Telmetale of stem or stone. Beside the rivering waters of, hitherandthithering waters of. Night!") as well as Carl Jung and Ovid – each tableau framed by delicate mosaics of golden tree roots (from above) and by mosaics of layered bedrock, below.  Samm Kunce is the artist and she sought something on the complex side that would endure.  The tree roots reflect a green park above, the quotes trickle down from millions of tomes in the NY Public Library.  Commissioned by MTA Arts for Transit NYC.  Fabricated by Mayer of Munich, Germany.


Finnegan's Wake

Finnegan's Wake


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