The Moynihan Train Hall at New York Penn Station opened to the public on January 1st, 2021, and is being discovered as travel slowly returns. A unique point to note, many commuters have yet to experience its splendor, as they have been working remotely at home. It surely will be a pleasant welcome back!
In addition to the renovation of the historic post office building (directly across 8th avenue from the original Penn Station) there are artistic nuances everywhere. A quick tip to viewing, do not forget to look up!
The Hive from Elmgreen & Dragset is an architectural model of city buildings suspended from the ceiling for a 3D effect, meant to represent the future. The duo is known for their intermingling of “art and architecture, performance, and installation.”
Artist Kehinde Wiley also utilized ceiling space for his stunning stained glass art, entitled Go. The impressive piece is “hand-painted glass triptych that celebrates the vibrancy and virtuosity of bodies in motion at monumental scale.”
Words of positivity, a 92 foot skylight, Stan Douglas ceramic ink on glass photographic panels, and attention to detail everywhere. This is a wonderful addition to a NYC icon in transportation.
I spent my time exploring, talking to the workers, taking it all in, and thoroughly enjoyed my day. I love how the Public Art Fund describes the art as “on permanent view.”
As transportation hubs get these upscale makeovers, I have two requests for upgrades and soon: Port Authority Bus Terminal and Newark’s Penn Station! Just a thought ….