The El, by Daniel Hauben

One of six colored-glass panels at the Freeman Street Station in the Bronx. The medium is a sturdier version of stained glass, with inch-thick colored segments joined together with epoxy. I love, obviously, the vibrancy of the panels, and the fact that they’re a celebration of, basically, the neighborhood just below the station (which you can glimpse through that gap below the partition) — saying, in effect, this isn’t just a way-station on your journey to somewhere else, but a Place in itself.

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panel from “The El”, by Daniel Hauben, photo by David Goldman for the New York Times, from “Bronx Artist’s Glass Work Is Recognized,” by Sewell Chan, NYTimes.com, 13 August 2008

Originally published at culture-making.com.

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