Arts for Transit: Sol LeWitt’s Swirling Rainbow at Columbus Circle

“Swirls and Twirls” by Sol LeWitt debuted in September 2009.

NEW YOK—Sol LeWitt’s whimsy brightens up the underground.

A swirling kaleidoscope of 250 tiles greets riders at the Columbus Circle subway station near Time Warner Center as they descend the stairs to the A, C, B and D trains. It’s a bright moment in what for most riders is a routine commute. A part of the Arts for Transit program, the tile “Whirls and Twirls (MTA)” mural was unveiled in September 2009.

The minimalist, geometric creations of LeWitt (1928-2007) have been exhibited around the world and honored with retrospectives at MoMA, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney.

In May, 27 of his sculptures were installed in City Hall Park. “Structures” will remain on display through December.

Photos by Arts Observer

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