The Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum Station has some interesting art to explore, and you can do it without even swiping your fare card. On the station’s mezzanine level, there’s an intriguing collection of three-dimensional works stretched along the walls. Unlike the other subway station art installations I’ve featured, this station’s exhibition was not originally designed for its current location. Instead, The Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum station features architectural details saved from demolished New York City buildings. The various pieces are part of the Brooklyn Museum’s collection.
Constructed of molded terra cotta, these pieces reflect popular architectural sensibilities in New York City in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. (If you explore the city today, you will discover buildings that still have these types of features as well.) Some of my favorite examples are those featuring faces, including some that remind me of gargoyles.
There are some beautiful segments of borders and other details as well.
Want to see this installation yourself? Take the 2 or 3 train to the Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum station in Brooklyn. Remember, unlike most other New York City subway art installations, these pieces are not located on the platform level – you must go upstairs to the mezzanine to view this art.
Intrigued by New York City’s subway art? I’ve featured public art at other subway stations at these links: 8th Street Station, Prince Street Station, 28th Street Station, 23rd Street Station, Delancey Street Station, and 14th Street/8th Avenue Station.
12 thoughts on “Subway Station Art – Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum Station”
Aren’t they beautiful? 🙂 Quite a treat!
I know, Jo! Every time I come to this station, I am so excited to see them. I’m glad they were rescued when the old buildings were torn down.
Wonderful! So happy these treasures have been saved – and what a terrific way for everyone to enjoy them!
I know – isn’t it a shame that cities don’t do more to save these things and find ways like this to share them with residents and visitors? There are so many public spaces that are dull and boring. When I come up the steps from the subway and see pieces like this, it just makes me smile!
Love the face that is fourth down. These are some really beautiful elements from older buildings. Older “street art.”
I can remember the first time I saw these – I was so excited, exactly as I would be if I turned the street and saw new street art. It’s made me pay closer attention to the older buildings in the city, looking for similar details.
Wonderful art in the everyday world!
I really like the contrast between the shiny mosaic tiles and the stone carvings, very interesting.
What a great way to salvage architectural details from demolished buildings so that they can still be enjoyed. It looks like a wonderful display. I love the mosaic frames around the pieces.
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