Chuck Close "Self Portrait", 2016
Uptown at 96th Street, the terminus (for now), the entire station is decorated in a blue and white mural by Sarah Sze (b. 1969). "Blueprint for a Landscape" is an all-encompassing installation covering the ground and first levels, including the escalator tunnels.
Finally we come to the newly re-constructed 63rd Street Station, where the new subway tunnel connects with the original Q line. The art in the station is also a connection between old and new as "Elevations" by Korean-born Jean Shin (b. 1971) references the historical elevated subway lines but with a futuristic slant.
I still can't believe my own ears when I hear myself urging friends to take a ride on the Second Avenue Subway as a form of recreation, but it is true. And I am certainly not alone. For the first time in memory, the subway is a destination in itself with people taking photos and gleefully talking to fellow strap hangers. How long this enthusiasm will last is anybody's guess, but for the time being, the new Second Avenue Subway is the talk of the town!