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Bay Ridge Avenue

Katy Fischer

Strata, 2017

Mosaic and hand-glazed ceramic

Artist Katy Fischer creates abstract shapes to convey an expansive sense of time. Strata, references local history using imagined artifacts inspired by objects that could have been unearthed during the Bay Ridge Av station’s excavation in the early 20th century. The hand-glazed ceramic forms evoke items such as bone fish hooks used by the Lenape, Delft pottery shards of early Dutch settlers, and Colonial era tools and shoe buckles. Tiffany vases and railroad spikes mark the transition from farmland to residential community with the arrival of the subway. To aid in wayfinding, the contrasting background colors refer to the cyclical rhythms of the daily commute.

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