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MTA Arts & Design Recognized for 2 Art Projects in Fulton Center

MTA Arts & Design [1] has been honored by Americans for the Arts’ 2015 Year in Review for two projects in the newly opened Fulton Center [2]: the one-of-a-kind cable-net sculpture ‘Sky Reflector-Net’ and the large-scale video installation ‘New York Minute’.


The Year in Review honor is awarded by the Americans for the Arts, a nonprofit foundation that is the only organization that recognizes outstanding public art in the United States and Canada. This year, 31 outstanding public art projects were recognized from more than 300 entries in North America. The two works commissioned by Arts & Design were honored in the permanent art category and in the temporary art category.

Sandra Bloodworth, director of MTA Arts & Design said “‘Sky Reflector-Net’ has had an enormous influence on Fulton Center as a public plaza by establishing a sense of place and creating a peaceful, light-filled environment,” said . “The artwork fills the top of the atrium, but it is so light and weightless that it feels like the sky is inside the subway station. It brings natural light two floors down from the street level, creating pools of daylight that people gravitate toward, which also becomes a natural way-finding device. It has made Fulton Center into a destination far beyond a transit hub, because visitors love to photograph it and commuters love to use it as a meeting spot. It gives people a place and a reason to stop, breathe and look up.”

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Yaling Chen, manager of Arts & Design and its digital arts program said “The average customer walking quickly past the screens might think the screens are showing a still portrait, but in actuality the screens show different actions in super slow motion. By slowing down and watching the same screen, that customer is rewarded with the whole video of one action, which could be something as simple and joyful as a dancing woman being twirled. Gabe’s work reminds us to pause for a second and just enjoy the moment.”

This is the fourth consecutive year that American for the Arts has recognized MTA Arts & Design for its work producing trailblazing public art for New York City’s transit system.