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Lexington Avenue – 63rd Street

Jean Shin

Elevated, 2017

Laminated glass, glass mosaic, and ceramic tile

Jean Shin used archival photographs of the 2nd and 3rd Avenue Elevated train to create compositions in ceramic tile, glass mosaic, and laminated glass. The imagery is manipulated and re-configured with each station level having its own focus, palette and material. As one enters and descends the 3rd Avenue escalator, the view is filled with ceramic tile depicting construction beams and the cranes that dismantled the El in the 1940s. At the mezzanine, a mosaic reveals the sky where the train had previously been present, and people from the era of this neighborhood transformation. The platform level features semi-transparent and reflective glass depicting vintage scenes of the neighborhood, enabling contemporary viewers to see themselves in the cityscape of the past.

Jean Shin is a New York-based artist who creates elaborate sculptures and site-specific installations using accumulated cast-off materials. Her work has been widely exhibited in museums and cultural institutions nationally and abroad. Shin has been commissioned by the US General Services Administration and New York City’s Percent for Art program among others. Born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in the United States, Shin attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine and Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.

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