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SVA Alumnus Sarah Sze Gives a Tour of Her Second Avenue Subway Installation [Video]

From Curbed: “The Second Avenue Subway finally welcomed its first passengers at the beginning of the year to much fanfare. What really seemed to grab commuters’ attention, however, were the eye-catching art found throughout all four stations along the extension. Curbed’s architecture critic, Alexandra Lange, went one step further to say, ‘This is not the subway as a work of art, but a subway saved from dullness by works of art.’

Now, one of the artists is giving a behind-the-scenes peek into how one of the massive works of art came to be. In a new short film by arts non-profit Art21, Sarah Sze, who was commissioned by the MTA to create the large porcelain tile installation, Blueprint for a Landscape, that now decks the walls of the 96th Street station, explains her process.

‘As a place of transit, I wanted all of the different entranceways of the subway station to mirror how we move through space,’ Sze says in the video. ‘It's this kind of speed of movement—these transitions into different kinds of environments that we take for granted and we do repetitively.’

The installation took Sze ten years to complete, from the time that she submitted her proposal to when the artwork finally came to fruition last year…” (For the full story and photos, click here)

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