Painter, musician and creative visionary Yoko Ono has given New York City another magical gift through her eternal optimism and artistic talents. The Avant-garde painter and former wife of Beatles’ co-founder John Lennon has contributed six wonderfully inspiring mosaic panels throughout the 72 St. Subway station (B/C trains) located in the heart of Manhattan’s Upper West Side neighborhood. The station is located close to her home inside the well-known Dakota Building, where Lennon was famously shot near the building’s entrance back in 1980.
According to Pitchfork, the ceramic mosaics, which can be seen below, cover a total of 973 square feet in the newly refurbished station. The painting sticks to a theme of bright blue skies and white puffy clouds with a mix of inspiring messages reading, “Imagine Peace,” "Remember Love” and “Dreams.” The mosaics are a lovely and somewhat romantic way to allow New Yorkers to take the peace of nature’s sky down underground with them as they attempt to survive the hustle and overcrowded bustle of the city’s rush hour commute. Sadly, Ono’s lovely contribution to the often dirty city won’t the NYC subway’s poorly maintained train schedule.
“I’m thrilled that my new work, SKY, is at the 72nd street subway station just steps from my home and Strawberry Fields,” Ono said about her work in a statement. “It brings the sky underground, so it’s always with us. I hope this will bring peace and joy to my fellow New Yorkers for many years to come.”
Curbed reports that other improvements to the newly reopened station include general structural repairs and the addition of LED lights, benches, digital direction maps and glass barriers.
Yoko also has another reason to celebrate life and art on Friday, as the John Lennon Imagine: The Ultimate Collection box set also arrived today to help start the weekend early. Yoko’s own new album project, War Zone, is scheduled to arrive later this month on Oct. 19.
.@westsiderag: "Yoko Ono has designed new murals for the 72nd Street subway station that reopened on Thursday, with blue skies, clouds and inspirational sayings."https://t.co/dqItx9pLt5 pic.twitter.com/HrX35lYFtk— Yoko Ono (@yokoono) October 5, 2018