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Amy Bennett

Heydays, 2011

Glass mosaic on mezzanine wall

A glass mosaic mural installed within the mezzanine wall of the 86th Street station, Heydays celebrates the past and present of Bay Ridge, which is always evolving in this perennially popular and beloved Brooklyn neighborhood. The work is based on paintings by Amy Bennett, whose artwork is based on the unique characteristics of the neighborhood's homes that offer a glimpse into the past. Captivated by the great estates and summer homes dating to the area's rural origins, the artist re-imagined the neighborhood in her mosaic artwork, building detailed 3-D replicas that served as still-life models for her painstakingly detailed paintings, from which the mosaics were interpreted. Trees, grass and a light blue sky surround the houses and neighbors may be interpreted as from the past or the present.

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