7. Halo at 34th Street-Herald Square

Halo (1991) © Nicholas Pearson, NYCT 34 St-Herald Sq Station. Photo: Nicholas Pearson

It’s easy to pass underneath these floating spheres and never notice them. This installation, titled Halo, was created by Long Island-born artist Nicholas Pearson in 1991. The ethereal orbs are made out of coiled aluminum rods. They seemingly hover above the crowds below, suspended on a framework of small beams attached to the larger steel structure of the station. The artist chose these circular shapes to create a moment of “unexpected certainty” among the sharp rectilinear forms of their setting.