Gallery: HIVE: Bleecker Street Subway Station Gets Decked Out with Colo...

Commuters passing through Manhattan's Bleecker street station might feel like they've stepped into a rave, but the flashing fluorescent tubes overhead aren't glowsticks - they're actually a series of color-changing LED light tubes called "Hive" by artist Leo Villareal. The MTA commissioned Villareal, who is known for working with light, to create the striking LED sculpture as part of the city's Arts for Transit initiative. The folks over at Curbed recently took a sneak peak at the station's "blingy" new ceiling, and were kind enough to share some of their photos with us.

The Bleecker Street station has been closed for the renovation of a new transfer point that will connect the IRT and IND subway lines. At this junction, the LED sculpture overhead will send waves of bright color across the outline of each hexagonal shape while passengers scurry to meet their connecting trains.

Villereal’s vivid light sculpture has a mental, or biological, component too: riders will be able to identify and track the color elements and patterns that move across the ceiling. Drawing inspiration from mathematician John Conway, who invented the Game of Life, Villereal explains that his work explores the brain’s hard coded desire to understand and make meaning.

It is rumored that Bleecker Street is scheduled to reopen next week. Until then, you can check out some more of Curb’s insider pics.

We cant wait to experience this LED art piece for ourselves!

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1 Comment

  1. odaddyo August 12, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Leo Villareal’s Hive brings LED colors to the Bleecker St. station?

    The sanitary conditions of the subway stops out of the area above 72 Street are appalling. The Broadway tunnel which connects the 191 Street Number 1 stop with Broadway has not been swept in months. There is standing water on the North side of the tunnel that runs its entire length (this is West Nile Virus Season). Half the lights do not work or are dimmed. It is unsafe, unhealthy, dirty, scary and dangerous.