8. Framing Union Square at Union Square Station

Framing Union Square
Photo by Jonathan Willis

Through a network of frames, windows, mirrors, and apertures, artist Mary Miss highlights the hidden structural cables, conduits, and industrial gems of the Union Square station. During the rehabilitation of the station, old decorative works from the original station reappeared, including many aspects that were considered lost forever. Beautiful mosaics from old New York are held stable by bright red frames, calling back to early visits to the station when red lines were spray painted on walls to note objects in disrepair. Mary Miss aimed to create an inviting atmosphere for the public to see a historical slice of the station, including its history below the surface.