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Underground Artists Work 2nd Av Line

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Underground Artists Work 2nd Av Line

 

The 75 years of futility and heartbreak that have gone into realizing the Second Avenue Subway may be too much for any one artist to capture, but the MTA plans to commission four installations - costing as much as $1 million each - for the long-awaited line.

 

The massive public-art commissions for the 96th, 86th, 72nd, and 63rd street stations are expected to attract artists from across the country, officials told The Post.

 

"We're looking for work that melds with the architecture and with the community of the new stations," said Sandra Bloodworth, director of MTA Arts for Transit.

 

The new stations will be much brighter and sleeker than those in the rest of the system, and the works, which will cover as much as 2,200 square feet of wall space at each station, should reflect that, said project manager Lester Burg.

 

Applications are due for the 96th and 86th street stations Dec. 21, and the dozens of submissions will be narrowed down in the spring.

 

For more information, e-mail artsfortransit@mtahq.org.

 

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