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Artwork: For Want of a Nail (MTA Arts for Transit)

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Location: 81st Street-Museum of Natural History ยท Installed: 1999

Bronze, granite, ceramic, and glass mosaic murals. For Want of a Nail is an installation by the MTA Arts for Transit Design Team and the Museum of Natural History consisting of bronze, granite, ceramic and glass mosaic murals. It represents a study of the evolution of life starting from the big bang to the present day. The northern stairway to the lower level features a starry sky theme and the big bang itself downstairs. The southern stairway features ocean life forms. The upper platform wall features the diversity of life, past and present. The lower platform wall features metal casts of fossils which are designed to be touched. Along the platform edges is a strip of marble, with engraved decorations depicting artifacts found in the Museum. Examples of the engravings along the platform edges are shown in the photographs below.

Through the evolution line, the designing artists from MTA and the American Museum of Natural History led visitors into exploring the question of "Where do we come from?" ... The journey on the platform starts from prehistoric organisms to the fiery earths core to the swirl of heavens. Insects, animals, sea life, the earth, and constellations change in hues at every step. From the molecular to the cosmic, the changing along the revolution line indicated the interconnectedness of life and the universe. Source: nyu.edu.

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Photo by: Wayne Whitehorne
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Photo by: Peggy Darlington
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Photo by: Peggy Darlington
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Photo by: Robbie Rosenfeld
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Photo by: Robbie Rosenfeld
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Photo by: Richard Panse
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Photo by: Richard Panse
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Photo by: Phillip Lee
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Photo by: Denise Delaney
Collection of: Bill Barton
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Photo by: Denise Delaney
Collection of: Bill Barton
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Photo by: Denise Delaney
Collection of: Bill Barton
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Photo by: Denise Delaney
Collection of: Bill Barton
Location: 81st Street/Museum of Natural History
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