Thursday, September 10, 2009

Sol LeWitt Colorizes Your Commute at Columbus Circle

Posted By on Thu, Sep 10, 2009 at 1:03 PM

Sol LeWitt installation at Columbus Circle subway station
If you ask me, New York's subway stations could use all the art they can get (even Michael Jackson-related art and wildlife soundscapes), and the new installation completed today at the 59th Street-Columbus Circle station might be the best in recent memory. Per ArtsBeat, the mural, “Whirls and Twirls (MTA),” was designed by Sol LeWitt in 2004 (he died in 2007), making this also a fitting public memorial for one of the biggest names in minimalism and conceptual art. It's a 53 foot-wide mural comprised of an undulating pattern made of 250 tiles in 6 different colors. In addition to being totally awesome and beautiful, it reminds me of Piet Mondrian's "Broadway Boogie Woogie," which is a pretty positive association to be making while passing through one of the more hellish subway stations around.

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