2. Beacons at the 167th Subway Station
Beacons (2018) © Rico Gatson, NYCT 167th Street Station. Commissioned by Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts & Design. Celia Cruz portrait derived from a photograph owned by Celia Cruz Entertainment LLC
Lining the walls of the north and southbound platforms of the B and D lines inside the 167th Street subway station are mosaic glass murals of famous figures from the Bronx like Reggie Jackson, Maya Angelou and Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Entitled Beacons, the series of eight murals, four men and four women, was created by artist Rito Gatson in collaboration with the MTA Arts & Design program. Each black and white mural appears to send out colorful rays of red, orange, yellow, black, grey, and green.
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