Monday, August 30, 2010

Subway Artwork: "Oculus," Mosaic Eyes By Kristin Jones and Andrew Ginzel

The centerpiece of the work is an elliptical glass and stone mosaic floor, with a magnificent micro mosaic eye at the center of an ultramarine vortex with the image of the City of New York woven into the picture.

Oculus or Eye (1998) is the title of the artwork installed all over the Chambers Street/World Trade Center subway station complex. Created by Kristin Jones and Andrew Ginzel, Oculus consists of 300 different mosaic eyes, all based upon actual human eyes taken from photographs. The project presents the eyes of three hundred individual New Yorkers translated from a photographic study conducted by Jones/Ginzel into stone mosaic by the classically trained Rinaldo Piras (information from

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