Client: MTA New York City Transit Times Square Connector
Location: New York, NY, United States
Completion date: 2021
Artwork budget: $1,800,000
Public Art Agent
Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts & Design
Mayer of Munich
MTA Construction & Design
“Every One” is installed in the corridor connecting Times Square and Grand Central Station. It’s the first of three murals the artist Nick Cave created for this station. This highly ambitious project, with its monumental scale and video component, will be the largest and most technical MTA Arts & Design public art commission in the history of the New York City subway system. “Every One” spans one wall measuring 143 feet, another measuring 179 feet, which together feature over two dozen figures and are accompanied by 11 videos on digital screens. Subsequent segments of this work-in-progress (“Each One’ and “Equal All”) will be installed at the new shuttle entrance and on the center island platform wall in 2022.
The goal was to translate the vibrancy, texture and motion of Cave’s performers in Soundsuits into permanent mosaic materials. Artisans at Mayer of Munich studio adopted new strategies to translate the animated and exuberant movements of Caves performers and the way their sculptural fabric suits shake, twirl and sway in the space around them. Transit riders lend their movements to this immersive performance as they traverse the corridor, exemplifying Cave’s interest in creating inclusive communal experiences.
Cave worked closely with our Munich studio taking full advantage of in-person and virtual visits. By employing shifts in color, shape, size and directionality artisans skillfully matched the vitality of Cave's work.
Cave is a dancer, sculptor and performance artist. He works between sculpture, installation, performance, video, designed object and fashion. His work is shown nationally and internationally. Cave sees his work as an impetus for change in the community at large. He leads the Graduate Program of Fashion Department at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago and is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York.