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.

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  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.