The Abandoned Platform
Bill Brand with the Working Model
Theresa DeSalvio Painting Image-Panels
Repairing the Light Fixture
Bill Brand inside the Masstransiscope
i remember this from my days at Pratt in the early 80′s. so glad it is back! the rumor back then was that someone got caught making graffitti on trains and did the animation as a community service project!
That’s very funny. No, I am guilty only of initiating the project for no good reason other than that I wanted to see it. Creative Time took it on as a project and MTA cooperated to allow it to happen. NYSCA, NEA helped with funds and some corps. donated materials and services. The restoration was done pretty much all volunteer and taking it on 28 years later is my latest community service punishment. Good deeds were done by many others to bring it back to life. Thanks for your memories.
I remember it from the 80′s too.
but I could never remember what line it was on.
so it was always a surprise to see it.
Then it disappeared and I figured it was because I never was on that same line.
still don’t quite get how it just disappeared…..but really happy to see it again. its just brilliant.
The piece disappeared from view because the lights went out and it got covered with graffiti. But it has been there in the dark all this time languishing in disrepair until we restored it last summer. Now it is back in full view, hopefully for a long time. MTA Arts for Transit is committed to maintaining it as part of their permanent collection. Thanks for your appreciation and memory.
If you were asked to create new ones in the other abandoned stations…(Worth St, 18 St, 91st) would you be interested?
Sure! Why not? I wasn’t asked to do it the first time but instead had to convince many people to let me. It took five years before it opened and then much later it took 15 more years to be allowed to restore it. So if I was simply handed an opportunity to make a new artwork I’d be delighted.
[...] from the right side of a Manhattan-bound B or Q train just after the DeKalb Avenue stop, is "Masstransiscope," an art installation by Bill Brand that resides in the abandoned Myrtle Avenue subway station. "I [...]
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