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111th Street

Linda Ganjian

Home Sweet Home, 2016

Etched stainless steel

While standing on the station platform, looking up from the street or gazing from a moving subway car, travelers and commuters can see twenty-four sparkling and detailed, water-jet cut, etched stainless steel artwork panels. Inspired by the buildings and homes of the Ozone Park/South Richmond Hill neighborhoods, Linda Ganjian created the detailed designs of Home Sweet Home, taking the visual vocabulary of lace and applying it to the architecture found in the area. From the rows of identical-seeming houses, the artist studied the forms, patterns, and textures that make each house unique. She captures with embroidery-like precision the diagonally-oriented aluminum siding, baroque ironwork on fences, zig-zag tiles, elephant garden statues and more. These often-seen, but overlooked decorative details are not entirely unique to this neighborhood but form the notion of home in our subconscious, defining the way we experience the city and place. Home Sweet Home honors the builders and craftsmen behind the urban architecture as much as the residents who enliven and take pride in it.

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