Bronx River View sculpture
Public Art: Bronx River View sculpture
Sculptor: © Barbara
Sculptor's Website : www.barbaragrygutis.com
Description: A series of five stainless steel
sculptural panels on the Whitlock Avenue subway station, which provide not only seating for commuters but selected
views through the panels including the Bronx River and the newly completed Concrete Plant Park.
Date Unveiled: 2010
Location: Whitlock Avenue Subway station, The Bronx,
New York City.
Artist Statement : Natural light and artificial and
kinetic illumination are key elements of my work. All of my installations using light are designed to
function sculpturally during the day and then transition and create a light environment at night when lighting
creates a radiating, glowing effect. Through the relationship of material, form, daylight, shadow, movement
and artificial light, my sculptural environments become dynamic in relationship to the viewer as subtle shimmering
moiré patterns are formed on the surface of the work of art. The lighting systems I use are low energy
consumption, LED fixtures, demonstrating the use of sustainable technology.
All of my site-specific works of art respond to the site and purpose for which they are
conceptualized and are designed to create a place of reflection and space, where the beauty of the natural world
can be seen in the built environment. They are accessible to all age groups, providing interest to adults and
children alike and are designed to create a sense of timelessness, an enduring quality, both thematically and in
the quality and detailing of the fabrication. Finally, in my work I strive to embody a universal theme that speaks
to all about common goals in a shared environment.
Acknowledgements: A special thank you to Barbara
Grygutis, Peter Peirce and Adrienne Lake for providing information and images for this page.
Public Artist Barbara Grygutis’ Bronx River View Receives Honors from New York’s Municipal Art Society
New York City’s Municipal Art Society has bestowed honors on Bronx River View, a Metropolitan
Transportation Authority Arts for Transit-commissioned five-piece sculptural installation by Public Artist Barbara
Grygutis. Her series of stainless steel sculptural panels connect viewers with the outside environment by providing
seating for travellers, as well as natural light and vistas of the Concrete Park Plant and Bronx River at the
Whitlock Avenue Subway Station in the Bronx, New York City.
New York’s Municipal Art Society is a 100+ year old non-profit organization dedicated to
“intelligent urban planning, design and preservation through education, dialogue and advocacy”. The organization’s
annual MASterWorks Awards “recognize excellence in architecture and urban design completed within the last year
across New York City”. MAS announced on August 26th, 2011 that Grygutis’ Bronx River View has received an Honorable
Mention Award. This award puts Bronx River View in the same prestigious company as fellow award-winners Hypar
Pavilion at Lincoln Center and Queens Theater in the Park, among others.
The works of art were commissioned through New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority
(MTA) Arts for Transit Permanent Art program and were installed last year. “With the artwork acting as a
portal, we were able to incorporate the view of the river and new parkland into the commuting experience,”
explained MTA’s Arts for Transit Manager Lydia Bradshaw, who coordinated the project for MTA and oversaw its
installation. The result was described by MTA Today as “more than just light at the end of this tunnel. There’s
light, nature, beauty, and award-winning design.”
Light played a major role in Bronx River View’s design. Grygutis explained, “In addition to the
actual sculpture, the light itself becomes a significant art element.” She continued, “It plays on the platform and
creates an ephemeral glance into the outside world.”
Bronx River View is part of one of five major station rehabilitations on Bronx’ Pelham #6 line and
is now a permanent part of a metro renovation that, in the words of MTA Today, are “transforming the Pelham line
into a corridor of visual surprises and delights.”
A nationally recognized Public Artist, Barbara Grygutis has been commissioned to create over 75
site-specific, permanent installations in cities from coast to coast and beyond, including West Palm Beach,
Florida; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; New York City; Washington DC; Denver, Colorado; Seattle, Washington; Calgary,
Alberta, Canada; Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona, where she lives and works.