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Yankees-E. 153rd Street

Ellen Harvey

The Home of the Stars, 2009

Glass mosaic on pedestrian overpass walls

The Home of the Stars, created by artist Ellen Harvey, is a large-scaled series of mosaic panels that grace the walls of the pedestrian overpass of Metro-North Railroad's new Yankees-E. 153rd Street Station at in the Bronx.

This site-specific artwork, based on a series of photographs and watercolors capturing the south-facing Bronx sky from 6:30 to 9 p.m., portrays a typically spectacular Bronx sky in April as it progresses through 11 panels from a radiant cloud-filled sky to a starlit night. The photographs were translated into glass mosaic to capture the atmospheric progression and the iridescent quality of the evening sky.

The 1,228-square-foot mosaic brings a romantic moment into an urban setting while welcoming riders to the community. Speaking about her inspiration for the new artwork, Harvey said, "Everyone knows Yankee Stadium as 'the Home of the Stars' but in the busy streets of the Bronx, where the city lights drown out the sky, it's easy to forget the real stars. In this mosaic, as people walk by, the sun sets and the stars come out to welcome them."

The City of New York provided financial support to the project.

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