To match LeWitt's saturated hues, originally created in acrylics, studio assistants and transit authority officials hunted high and low for a tile maker who could replicate his colors. They eventually found someone in Madrid to take on the task.
images source“Whirls and Twirls” is made up of 250 porcelain tiles and covers a space 53 feet wide and 11 feet high. Moving in "whirls" and "twirls", like masses of people moving through the subway system, it has a lively energy about it that truly encapsulates a New York subway scene.
Sol LeWitt (1928-2007) has certainly left his mark for all to enjoy.
image sourceThis installation is part of an ambitious project by MTA Arts for Transit, encouraging the use of public transit by commissioning permanent works of art as well as presenting visual and performing arts projects in MTA NYC Transit subway, MTA Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North rail stations.