Sunday, December 13, 2015

Elevated Waterway



Over the past few years, several of the stations on the elevated portion of the Bronx IRT 6 line have undergone renovations.

As these were completed, panels of artwork were also installed making the stations a little more cheery.


This artwork consists of either colorfully tiled murals or whimsical metal sculptures.  My favorite is the "Cross-Bronx Waterway" sculpture, located at the Middletown Road station.  The artists are Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi of SLO Architecture, commissioned by MTA Arts & Design as part of the NYC Transit Rehabilitation program.


Their piece pays homage both to the train's course as it navigates its way across the borough, while also traversing parts of the Pelham Bay watershed, which includes the Hutchinson RiverWestchester Creek, and Bronx River waterways, before reaching the Harlem River as it crosses into Manhattan.

The sculpted panels are mounted in such a way that when standing on the platform it is as if you are underwater looking up at items floating on the surface.

I think this is a really fun, creative way to expose aspects of the Bronx's ecology
to the public that they typically don't see or even think about
as they commute back and forth to work or school.

I can tell you it has certainly made my otherwise long,
daily commute a little more delightful!


Sunday, November 29, 2015

Persistence

 
At the end of the Pelham Bay 6 train line. . .











. . .high above a bustling Bronx street,





life's persistence never ceases to delight and amaze. . .







. . .each and every day.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

The Beds. . .



. . .bereft of all their colorful flowers from spring and summer. . .





. . .are being put
       to bed
           for winter.










So, until next spring. . . 

Nighty, night. . .


Sunday, November 1, 2015

Lava Leaves

Each year, Autumn leaves rain down from trees. . .






. . .lava-like upon the pavement. . .





. . .completing the life-cycle begun last Spring. . .

 

Nature's fiery "coins", laying there just for the taking! 

Get 'em while they're hot!