Bronx: Heart, Homeland

Submitted by Priscila De Carvalho

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Client: MTA Arts & Design

Location: Bronx, NY, United States

Completion date: 2015

Artwork budget: $200,000

Project Team

Artist

Priscila De Carvalho

Client

MTA Arts and Design

Overview

Based on the concept of past to present, encompassing the interplay of place, home, culture and identity, Bronx: Heart, Homeland depicts silhouetted images of people living in the urban neighborhood of the Bronx. The eight black stainless steel units, uniquely integrated within the station environment to create a narrative associated with everyday life in the neighborhood–a life, for most, that revolves around the subway station. The dimension of are the panels approximately 5.5’ w x 6.5’h and were installed within the windscreens frames of an elevated subway station.

Goals

The eight black stainless steel units, uniquely integrated within the station environment to create a narrative associated with everyday life in the neighborhood--a life, for most, that revolves around the subway station. As you travel through the Metropolitan Transportation Authority network, you experience a first-rate art museum comprised of works created in mosaic, terra cotta, bronze, glass and mixed-media sculpture. The founders of the New York City subway believed that every design element in the system should show respect for our customers and enhance the experience of travel. This percent for art program is one of the largest and most diverse collections of site-specific public art in the world, with more than 300 works by world famous, mid-career and emerging artists. MTA Arts & Design serves the over 8.7 million people who ride MTA subways and commuter trains daily and strives to create meaningful connections among sites, neighborhoods, and people. We invite you to discover and enjoy New York’s diverse and beautiful underground art museum.

Process

In this project, artist and fabricator worked closely together during all the fabrication of the artwork. The artist reviewed a sample of the artwork as a representation of the entire fabrication job. The artist reviewed the sample based on various aspects such as translation of the artist's design, the quality of material, the degree of detail, finish, paint and engineering, and in the context of other technical and station safety.