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Rehabbed Far Rockaway Station Features Colorful Glass Art

By Smriti Rao | May 14, 2012 1:15pm
The new state-of-the-art metro station at Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue
The new state-of-the-art metro station at Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue
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FAR ROCKAWAY — This station puts the art in state-of-the-art.

Weary straphangers will be greeted by a freshly spruced-up subway terminal in Far Rockaway, complete with polished steel and colorful glasswork as part of a three-year overhaul.

The MTA officially opened the newly rebuilt and improved glass and steel Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue station on May 11, part of a $117 million project to rehabilitate nine A line stations. Work on the other eight stations is due to be completed later this year.

In addition to a new staircase, employee area and two elevators, the station at Mott Avenue and Beach Channel Drive has bright splashes of color thanks to a glass panel artwork by artist Jason Rohlf.

Titled "Respite," the installation is an abstract array of birds perched on outstretched branches, according to the MTA.

Their colors blend into the branches symbolizing the connection between the people and their community, the agency said.

The panels feature three distinct color themes (green for dawn, blue for midday and orange for dusk) and are said to relate to the strong links between nature and light in this seaside community, the MTA said.

The work can be seen throughout the station as well as from outside.