deborah brown public installations

houston street subway, manhattan
"Platform Diving" consists of seven glass mosaic murals commissioned by the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority for the Houston Street subway station and installed in 1994 on the walls of the northbound and southbound subway platforms and in a waiting area by a token booth.

The mosaics depict undersea creatures--turtles, beluga whales, octopi, seals, and a manatee--swimming through the subway tunnels, platforms, and passenger cars. Occasionally, humans observe their movements. The concept behind the choice of imagery was to represent a fanciful, surreal encounter between the world we normally inhabit and the one we might encounter when we descend below the surface.

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