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Cara Lynch

Inheritance: In Memory of American Glass, 2017

Laminated glass

Created by New York-based artist Cara Lynch, Inheritance: In Memory of American Glass celebrates the vast diversity of people and cultures in the Kensington neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Lynch was inspired by the decorative elements in household glassware that was mass-produced and widely available during the late 19th and first half of the 20th centuries, the same period when Brooklyn neighborhoods were developing rapidly and subway stations were being built. Sourcing decorative patterns commonly seen in American pressed glass, milk glass, cut glass, Depression glass, and carnival glass, Lynch transformed these elements into kaleidoscopic abstractions for the platform windscreens. Fabricated by Peters Glass, the resulting work in six sets of bold and vibrant compositions represents the people of the community, as well as the promising lifestyle desired by those who settled in the neighborhood the station serves.

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