Art In Transit Essay Research Paper Arts

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Art In Transit Essay, Research Paper Arts in Transit It is never pleasant to wait in the cold for however long it takes for the train to arrive at the public transit stations, otherwise known in Boston as the ?T,? during the winter. Nor is the thought of waiting during an intolerable heat wave in July to catch the subway across to the different communities of Boston. Honestly, there is never a time where I would call it enjoyable to sit inside of the MBTA. That was until I began to notice some of the art around me. I would have to say that the first time I realized that a community joined together with the city and the MBTA itself to create a more enjoyable setting to be, whether you were on your way home from work, or just trying to get to another part of town for whatever

reason, was along the orange line. I did not however realize that what I was looking at had deeper meaning contained within until I really sat and thought about what artists was trying to convey in their art. I did not take the time as I was rushing past before, on my way to what I thought was more important, than trying to see all of the various sculptures, paintings, and mosaics as more than just a nice object. The real meaning behind the art is conveyed at each station, representing the community beyond, and the importance of the MBTA itself. As I looked at each, I began to see the importance of bridging the ethnicity and diversity across Boston as a whole, and not keeping it segregated with in each neighborhood. As people travel from station to station they see the community

around them, that is no more then a few stops away. Artists of the communities they represent created most of the works of art with in the stations, therefore including the neighborhood in the creation of the places they inhabit. This along with other mediums that included prose and theater brought the city and the neighborhoods together to create a sense of awareness of what one another is all about. Varying in medium and design, each station had a unique representation of either the community that exists around them, past or present, or of the transportation system itself. Beginning at the Forest Hill stop ?Transcendental Greens? seemed to brighten the very architectural design of the station. Beginning outside of the station the sculpture of what appears to be trees, made from

a street sign like material, seems to bring life and color to the station. Even in the dead of winter the bright tropical look of the green and orange trees felt warm. It was an inviting splash of color to the gray backdrop of the stations concrete and bricks. Inside the station, heading across the elevators, up and onto the street level, the long rise of columns with the sculpture attached gives a feeling of trees inside the building. Coming up the escalator from directly across the way the large forms of blue, red, yellow, orange and green bring more of a tropical feel to the station. I cannot say what this may say about the neighborhood around it, but I feel that it represents the ethnicity of the cultures with in the community. The city sense of the street signs combined with

the nature like feel of the trees seem to convey a feeling of what we have to look at for flora within the urban area. My company and I agreed that it was ugly and uninventive when we approached it. The longer I looked at the sculpture I realized what an artistic way in the manner the ?trees? were constructed. Atop the long poles that are essential to the construction of the stairs to and from the platform, the shapes of the metal actually appeared to be trees. The material of which they were constructed really brought the feeling to me of the city outside combined with the nature that was destroyed while the city developed over the years long ago. Next stop we appeared in front of, beside and behind the hanging sculpture with in Green Street station. ?Color Passages? was a