This summer, two alumni are taking their work to the streets of New York City as part of two different public art installations. A Clearing in the Streets, co-created by Sarah Wayland-Smith (MFA 1999 Fine Arts), is a 10-sided panoramic mural surrounding an enclosed landscape of native plants and grasses. Over a four-month period, viewers will be able to see the plants within the structure grow from seedlings into a lush meadow. The installation was commissioned by the Public Art Fund and will be on display through October 2009 at Collect Pond Park, located on Leonard Street between Centre and Lafayette Streets.
Malin Abrahamsson‘s (BFA 1998 Fine Arts) work, On the Trail of the Rising Sun, similarly deals with the interplay between nature and the man-made. Abrahamsson created glass and ceramic mosaics portraying assorted local vistas for a permanent installation at the Valley Stream Station on the Long Island Rail Road. One of the mosaics will also be on display in the exhibition “The Route of the Dashing Commuter: The Long Island Rail Road at 175,” runs through Sunday, September 13, at the New York Transit Museum, located at the corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn Heights
Images: (top) Julie Farris and Sarah Wayland-Smith, A Clearing in the Streets, 2009, photo by Seong Kwon, courtesy of Public Art Fund; (bottom) Malin Abrahamsson, On the Trail of the Rising Sun, 2008, glass and ceramic, photo by Rob Wilson, commissioned and owned by Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts for Transit.