March 2019 through August 2019
Fulton Flow is a site-specific, stop-motion animation created by Brooklyn-based artist Ezra Wube and commissioned by MTA Arts & Design. Wube is a painter who creates digital animations from his paintings. After painting a scene, Wube takes a picture of the painting and then continues to paint his next frame as a new layer of that same painting. To create the final digital artworks, Wube then combines the sequential photographs. For Fulton Flow, Wube took meandering walks around Fulton Center and lower Manhattan, tracing the original path of the IRT Lexington line extension from the Brooklyn Bridge–City Hall station to the Wall Street station. These walks formed the inspiration for Fulton Flow, generating memories and impressions that incorporate movement, architecture, street signs, colors, sounds and shapes into a visual rhythm that resonates with the placement and dynamic compositional settings of Fulton Center’s digital display monitors. Wube referenced his visual impressions of lower Manhattan and Fulton Center to paint a single, wall-sized canvas, from which the myriad digital animations that comprise Fulton Flow were adapted. The color palette throughout Fulton Flow reference the various New York City Transit subway lines that arrive into and depart from the Fulton Center transit hub. Fulton Flow considers both the original development of lower Manhattan’s subway service alongside present-day Fulton Center, highlighting the neighborhood’s unique locations while connecting its historical past to contemporary everyday life.
Wube’s immersive 52-channel video installation can be seen for two minutes at the top of each hour in the Fulton Center complex and the Dey Street pedestrian tunnel that connects to 11 subway lines and the World Trade Center PATH station. The work will be on view until summer 2019.
Fulton Flow is presented by MTA Arts & Design with technical support from Westfield Properties and ANC Sports.
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