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Subway Riders Are Greeted by a Blast of Sol LeWitt Color


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A giant tiled wall of jewel-toned loops and curves — one of the last commissions by the Conceptual artist Sol LeWitt — was unveiled in the 59th Street-Columbus Circle subway station by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority last week. And while its title — “Whirls and Twirls (MTA)” — may sound more like an amusement park ride than an artwork, the eye-popping palette and monumental scale are bolder than most of the art in the subways, a surprising visual jolt for the estimated 69,000 commuters who use the station every day.


More Arts NewsOn a wall facing a double-wide stairway and landing at 60th Street that leads from the mezzanine to the (A), (B), (C), (D) and (1) trains, “Whirls and Twirls” is made up of 250 porcelain tiles and covers a space 53 feet wide and 11 feet high.


“It’s one of the largest projects we’ve ever done,” said Sandra Bloodworth, director of Arts for Transit and facilities design for the authority.



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