Subway Map Floating on a NY Sidewalk
The late Tony Goldman’s headquarters in Soho is chock full of art, from Henry Chalfant and Swoons in the lobby, to every inch of each tenants’ spaces on every floor. But Mr. Goldman began the art on the street, back in 1985. The sidewalk in front of his 110 Greene Street space bears the familiar lines of the New York City subway- but in brass and lights. Called Subway Map Floating on a NY Sidewalk, by Francoise Schein, the piece is supposed to represent the relationship between the rights of man and underground trains…which I don’t really get, but it is still a pretty cool piece.
Over ninety feet long and twelve feet wide, the entire block was dug up to install it back in the 80s. Each LED light is embedded in the ceilings of adjacent buildings’ basements, and glow at night. It must’ve been an incredible site in 1985 when the neighborhood was rough and desolate, only home to the artists who had started renting the cheap lofts for work space.
Who: Francoise Schein
What: Subway Map Floating on a NY Sidewalk, 1985
Where: 110 Greene Street, Soho