ROBERT HICKMAN LACED CANOPY
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Robert Hickman's Permanent Public Commission, commissioned by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The artwork is composed of over a million hand-cut pieces of glass which are laminated to the inside of the skylight atop the new 72nd Street subway station house for the IRT Broadway line at Verdi Square. The building is the first above ground station house to be built in New York in almost a century. The artwork is entitled 'Laced Canopy' and could be described as a delicate covering of crushed diamonds. Woven through the series of decorative panels are knots which correspond to notes from a line in Verdi's opera Rigoletto. The fine glass filigree act to atmospherically filter daylight into the station. Surrounding buildings become distorted like impressionist paintings. The artwork was inspired by the Crystal Palace from the Great Exhibition of 1851.
Laced Canopy 2002
New York City MASterwork Award
Best New Public Art
The Municipal Society of New York.
MTA Public Art Commission
72nd Street Subway Station, New York
100' long x 16' girth barrel vault skylight
More that 1 million hand-cut glass fragments

 

photo by Lydia Gould-Bessler
Laced Canopy (Facing West)
Laced Canopy (Facing south)
Laced Canopy
photo by Rob Wilson

Laced Canopy (Pattern Detail)

Along the Way MTA Arts for Transit
BILL AYRES and SANDRA BLOODWORTH
The Monacelli Press.
pages 86-87
BARBARALEE DIAMONSTEIN-SPIELVOGEL
The Landmarks of New York
An Illustrated Record of the City’s Historic Buildings
The Monacelli Press, 2005
page 377
ART OF THE WEEK
Metro
August 25, 2004, p 17.
JOHNS, MICHAEL
'The Retro City'
New York Times,
Sunday January 4, 2004
City Sec. P. 10.
HARRIS, LISA
'The Sky's the Limit'
Greenline,
April 5-19, 2003
GINSBERG, ALEX
'On the IRT, positively 72nd St!'
Daily News,
Wednesday October 30, 2002
Woven through the series of decorative panels are knots which correspond to notes from a line in Verdi's opera Rigoletto.
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