Made With Love, 2019
Olalekan Jeyifous’ artwork for 8 Av station explores connections between culture, architecture and food found in the diverse Sunset Park neighborhood in Brooklyn. The artwork, titled Made With Love, is a series of twenty-eight triptych compositions that combine architectural and urban elements of the neighborhood with culinary dishes known and loved by the local community and visitors.
Combining hand drawing and digital illustration, Jeyifous captures iconic food practices that reflect the diverse cultural make-up of the neighborhood. Food items such as dumplings, egg tarts, kebabs, tacos, churros, borscht and lasagna are morphed into building façades, store fronts, mailboxes, fruit stands and subway cars. Imagery captured from the surrounding neighborhood is rendered into simplified, graphic shapes in vibrant hues.
Made With Love was translated into laminated glass panels by Glasmalerei Peters Studios and can be seen on both platforms of the station. The engaging and joyful work is meant to generate playful and whimsical responses from riders as they discover familiar elements from their cultures and communities.
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