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Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue/74th Street-Broadway

Tom Patti

Passage, 2004

Glass in windows of Victor Moore Arcade and on 7 platform windscreens

Passage was designed in tandem with the architects, FX + FOWLE, as an integral part of the station. It features trapezoidal-shaped windows fitted into the steel so they can be opened and allow air into the platform. The laminated, impact-resistant security glass is layered with a plasma composite material to break up light into the colors of the spectrum. The artist has said that Passage is influenced by the markets, flowers, and colors on the nearby streets. Tom Patti pioneered the integration of industrial and architectural glass into art. "The ability of glass to occupy several physical states - transparent, opaque, dense, solid, weightless - all altering our spatial boundary - challenges me," he says. All of Passage's components were handmade in his studio. This act of craftsmanship is critical, says Patti, to ensure the integrity of all elements.

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