16. The Hive at Moynihan Station
Elmgreen & Dragset, The Hive, 2020, Stainless steel, aluminum, polycarbonate, LED lights, and lacquer. Commissioned by Empire State Development in partnership with Public Art Fund for Moynihan Train Hall Photo: Nicholas Knight, courtesy Empire State Development and Public Art Fund
On the ceiling above the 31st Street entrance to the new Moynihan Train Hall, the artist duo of Elmgreen & Dragset have installed a fantastical inverted cityscape. Tilted The Hive, the cityscape is inspired by iconic buildings of New York City and cities around the world. The illuminated structures hanging from the ceiling like stalactites weigh a whopping 30,000 pounds, yet appear weightless.
72,000 LEDs light up the imagined buildings, which stretch to heights of up to nine-feet tall. The sculptural piece will be one of the first things LIRR and Amtrak riders will see as they enter the new train hall inside the 1912 Farley Post Office building.