MTA Times Square Station Art
Installed in the space between three train lines, closest to the IRT Shuttle, it’s easiest seen when entering from the new ‘head house’ in Times Square. A head house is the above ground component of any station.
Brash, bright, lively, this mural of porcelain enamel is similar in its material to original subway directional signs, dark blue or black on white, some of which are still in place.
A NY Times critic wrote: “All this proves that [Lichenstein’s] Times Square mural is more than just a kitschy picture.” Okay. I guess there were those who thought it was a bit kitschy.
Try to imagine another city that could/would commission, in this day and age, such a wealth of art for just one of its stations. Granted, this is one that accommodates 65 million people each year.
Lichtenstein was a New York native.