The future Second Avenue subway line will have cool art (slide show)

Check out renderings of the artwork commissioned by MTA Arts for Transit and Urban Design for the new East Side stations

  • Rendering courtesy Sarah Sze

    Rendering of Sarah Sze's piece in the 96th Street subway station

  • Rendering courtesy Jean Shin / RSVP Architecture

    Rendering of Jean Shin's piece in the 63rd St subway station

  • Rendering courtesy Chuck Close

    Rendering of Chuck Close's piece in the 86th St subway station

Rendering courtesy Sarah Sze

Rendering of Sarah Sze's piece in the 96th Street subway station

Lest you forget about the Second Avenue subway line, it is progressing—so much so that people are starting to think about art for its walls. The first phase of the East Side transpo is scheduled to open in December 2016, and the MTA's Arts for Transit department, which has commissioned subway art for nearly 30 years, is getting ready. In contrast with NYC's current, soon-to-be-antiquated subway hubs, the stations of the future are designed with longer concourses, higher ceilings and more space overall, allowing for a different aesthetic approach.

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Sarah Sze is the artist hired for the 96th Street station; you might have seen her work on the High Line, where she once had a very cool sculptural installation. For this subway work, she's creating a series of drawings of blue, violet and lavender landscapes on porcelain wall panels. Jean Shin (63rd St), Vik Muniz (72nd St) and Chuck Close (86th St) are the other artists tapped for the first phase of the Second Avenue line, and you can see renderings of their pieces by clicking through the slide show above.

(h/t Untapped Cities)

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