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86 St

Karen Margolis

Cerebration, 2018

Glass mosaic

For the 86 St station, Karen Margolis created Cerebration, a glass mosaic artwork that connects people and place. In her work, she captures commuters thought patterns as they are planning their day, remembering a joyful memory, or perhaps simply daydreaming.

Margolis visualizes thinking patterns in circular clusters of color, at times bursting like an internal display of fireworks. The colors from each panel flow abstractly from one panel to the next, connecting a narrative of thoughts and memories of travelers.

Cerebration highlights commuter’s connection to the neighborhood. The artist transcribed destinations of the local area maps into mosaic, combining them with her abstract imagery of thought patterns. This piece creates an opportunity for reflection as commuters experience dynamic combinations of color throughout the platforms.

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