2. Roy Lichtenstein
Roy Lichenstein’s Pop Art style is instantly recognizable in the brightly colored piece, “Times Square Mural,” at the Times Sq-42 St. (1/2/3/N/Q/R/W/S) station. Lichtenstein, a native New Yorker who studied at the Arts Students League, incorporated both historic and futuristic imagery in this massive piece. The main focus of the 53-foot-long scene is a bright yellow bullet train that is traveling past skinny skyscrapers and through arched subway tunnels.
Lichtenstein pays homage to the station’s history by incorporating the original “42” title design, and includes a nod to the 1964 World’s Fair, as you can see what looks like the Unisphere and one of the New York State Pavilion Observation Towers in the background. Made of porcelain enamel on steel, the mural was designed and fabricated by Lichtenstein in 1997. It was installed posthumously in 2002. You can see more of Lichenstein’s work at The Guggenheim, MoMA, and The Whitney.