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66th Street-Lincoln Center

Nancy Spero

Artemis, Acrobats, Divas and Dancers, 2001

Glass and ceramic mosaic on platform walls

This series of 22 brilliantly colored glass mosaic panels lines the walls of the station and bows to Lincoln Center's opera, ballet, and classical music halls - and the vibrant, artistic character of the Upper West Side neighborhood. Spero conveys this through the use of iconic images of women both real and mythical, from such varied sources as archaeology, architecture, mythology and the contemporary world.

In Artemis, Acrobats, Divas, and Dancers, the central icon of opera, the Diva, is repeated in various forms that lead and follow riders through the station, giving the illusion of movement and change. Elsewhere, Spero represents scenes from the subway and the city outside, the architectural backgrounds enlivened by musicians performing and athletes running, signaling you are in a creative and energetic place, the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

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