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MTA Arts & Design



Kim Cridler

Where the Sweet Waters Fall, 2014

Steel, aluminum and concrete

Where the Sweet Waters Fall is inspired by Romanesque Revival arches seen throughout the architecture of the village of Mamaroneck including its many arched bridges. The artwork title pays homage to the name of the village since it’s a partial translation of the Native American word Mamaroneck meaning, “Where the sweet waters fall into the sea.” With its slender trunks and foliated canopy of a grove of trees, the sculptural arch balances architectural form and narrative content, providing a new focal point and meeting place at a corner of the station that overlooks a busy roadway and a tree-filled park.

Artist Kim Cridler selected trees to reference life, refuge, and history. The arch speaks to the built order of humankind and alludes to strength and support. To engage visitors, Kim incorporated a stylized stream made out of stainless steel starting at the parking lot and leading to a plaza around the sculpture. The stream ends at the bottom of the stairs guiding commuters to the platform. Referencing the name of the village, this river leads through the arch, revealing a group of blue Tree Swallows hidden within the canopy along with the phrase "where the sweet waters fall into the sea."

The leafy green painted metal structure is a welcoming beacon that provides community identity for those who live and travel through Mamaroneck. The artwork was fabricated by KC Fabrications.

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