Mosaic ideas are all around us. One of my favorite places to find them is the New York City Subway. The stations are decorated with colorful tile mosaics. Of these, many identify the station’s location or they may be signs that give direction. Most of this style of mosaic was in the subway system when is opened in 1904. When the subways were renovated they kept the mosaic style. Instead of making the subways look the same they used different types of mosaic to identify the locations. NYC is already so exciting. Having a passion for mosaic art makes the subways one more thing to add to a wonderful art rich trip to the big city.
Here are some of my favorites.
Eye in the Chambers Street/World Trade Center subway station complex.
Penguins at the 57th st. subway stop!
Birds at the 81st st. subway stop!
Monkeys in the 86th st subway!
These are but a small example of what you can find in the subways these days. In some of the bigger subways you can find mosaics that are over 100 feet! I have seen mosaics in the subway that are impossible to take pictures of they are so big. The subway has a mix of old ornate tile and new works that are breathtaking. Instead of paying to go to museums you can take in a few subway rides and see just as much impressive art. The detail that can be achieved in mosaics is amazing!
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Looking at these gives me so many mosaic ideas! If you remember I talked about house number mosaics here. Subway mosaics gives me more ideas on how to make numbers on your house. Instead of making them numeral, i could spell the number out. I also like the subway style for redoing a bathroom or even doing a large scale mosaic in a foyer or front hall of my house!