2. The Time Telling at 34th Street Penn Station
An iconic clock once hung at the former entrance to New York City’s lost McKim, Mead, and White-designed Penn Station. In her most recent 15 feet high and 14 feet wide glass mosaic, entitled The Time Telling, artist Diana Al-Hadid recreates this famous clock, giving life to a piece of forgotten New York history.
Inspiration for the mosaic was drawn from a 1943 photograph by Alfred Eisenstadt, which captures the clock hanging above a crowd of servicemen saying goodbye to their loved ones before shipping out. Abstractly reimagining this image, The Time Telling depicts the clock face alongside a blurry crowd of commuters, the image slightly hazy mimicking a fading memory. The mosaic can be found at the 34th Street Penn Station subway stop’s new fully accessible street entrance and fare control area at 7th Avenue and 33rd Street.