Chuck Close To Make $1 Million Dollar Murals For New Second Ave Subway
The second avenue subway, due to open in December of 2016 has announced that famous local artist Chuck Close will be apart of a new program“Art for Transit”, that will incorporate work of his into the subway station on 86th street. The project will feature a series of his mosaic pieces, that will span about 1,000 square feet throughout the subway station. Close will be working on 12 pieces for this project, which has a cost of about $1 million dollars as it’s budget.
The overall budget however, is more close to about $5 million dollars, and the project isn’t just including Close. The Second Avenue subway line will feature works of other artists like Sarah Sze and Jean Shin are also set to introduce their work to subway stations as well. Sarah Sze, a sculptor, is planning to install work of hers that includes drawings on ceramic tiles, at the East 96th street station. Jean Shin is also making a site-specific piece for the East 63rd Street station. Looks like the Second Avenue line has a lot in store for it’s stations.
Text: Jude Liana