MTA Arts & Design: Our 25 Year Collaboration

The MTA Arts & Design Permanent Art Program began commissioning public artworks in 1985 and has since built a collection of over 250 projects within the New York City Subways and Bus terminals, the Metro-North Railroad, Long Island Railroad, and the New York Bridges and Tunnels. The ‘Underground Art Museum’ showcases ceramic tile mosaics, glass, terracotta, mixed media, and metal sculpture. Over the years we have fabricated a group of well-loved sculptures for the MTA.  The foundry celebrates and cherishes the fabulous diversity of each of the artists’ ideas and concepts. Each work that passed through Tallix, Polich Artworks, and Polich Tallix had its own set of amazing challenges and spectacular results.Roseman_RWilson1Roseman, Harry_ Wall Street Station

Wall Street Station, Subway Wall by Harry Roseman, 1990: A bronze relief on the wall in the passageway to 60 Wall Street sponsored by JP Morgan; molded, sand cast and patinated at Tallix Beacon. Copyright Harry Roseman, NYCT Wall Street Station. Commissioned by Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts & Design. Photo: Doug Baz.

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Harlem – 125 Street Station, Harlem Encore by Terry Adkins, 1999: Aluminum panels with ornamental back-lighting on overpass; waterjet cut, satin finish aluminum panels fabricated at Polich Art Works. Copyright Terry Adkins, MNR Harlem–125th Street Station. Commissioned by Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts & Design. Photo: James Dee.

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14th Street/Eight Avenue, Life Underground by Tom Otterness, 2001: Bronze sculptures on railings, beams, and columns throughout station; molded, lost wax cast, and patinated at at Tallix Beacon. Copyright Tom Otterness, NYCT 14 Street–8th Avenue Station. Commissioned by Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts & Design. Photo: Rob Wilson.

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Times Square-42nd Street, Times Square Mural by Roy Lichtenstein, 2002 (Collage 1990, fabricated 1994): Porcelain enamel on wall of N, Q, R, S, W, 1, 2, 3 mezzanine; Polich Art Works fabricated and fit steel frames to each panel and installed the artwork on site. Copyright Estate of Roy Lichtenstein, NYCT Times Square–42nd Street Station. Commissioned by Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts & Design.

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Pleasantville Station, Almost Home by Jane Greengold and Kane Chanh Do, 2002:  Bronze sculptural seating; molded, lost wax cast, and patinated at Polich Art Works. Copyright Jane Greengold and Kane Chanh Do, MNR Pleasantville Station. Commissioned by Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts & Design.

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Yonkers Station, Muhheakantuck (The River that Flows Two Ways) by Barbara Segal, 2005: Aluminum reliefs on train overpass; sandcast at Polich Artworks. Copyright Barbara Segal, MNR Yonkers Station. Commissioned by Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts & Design.

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Hempstead Station, Lost and Found: An Excavation Project by Ron Baron, 2005: Bronze sculpture and seating in plaza; molded, cast in bronze, and patinated at Polich Artworks. Copyright Ron Baron, LIRR Hempstead Station. Commissioned by Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts & Design. Photo: Irit Baniel Studios.

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South Ferry Station, See it Split, See it Change by Doug & Mike Starn, 2008:  Glass, stone mosaic, and stainless steel on mezzanine walls; waterjet stainless steel fence fabricated at Polich Tallix. Copyright Doug & Mike Starn, NYCT South Ferry Station. Commissioned by Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts & Design. Photo: Christopher Roque.

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Avenue H Station, Brooklyn Bucolic by Ed Kopel, 2012: Molded, cast in bronze, and patinated at Polich Tallix. Copyright Ed Kopel, NYCT Avenue H Station. Commissioned by Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts & Design.

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