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A CROWD OF PRINCES

Proposal for artwork on the walls of the
PRINCE STREET SUBWAY STATION - NEW YORK CITY
Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts for Transit - May 2000

Each one of us is a Prince …!

I propose that each Prince have his own plate in the
PRINCE STREET SUBWAY STATION in NEW YORK CITY.

Each ceramic tile on the walls of this subway station will be like an engraved stone.
The single word “PRINCE” will appear on each tile. Depending on which production techniques used (see below), it can appear either as a dull off white on the white polished background of the tile or on the contrary, that is whiter and shiner than the tile.
The subtle contrast of white on white and the variation of techniques will produce a vibrating play of light and energy with respect to motion of trains or people waiting. The walls will seem alive, so will the crowd of Princes!

One ceramic tile (6 x 3 inches)
Proposed techniques:
• The first one:
The ceramic tiles will be sandblasted or etched. In this case the word “PRINCE” will appear off white and unpolished on a white polished background.
• The second one:
The word will be written on the ceramic tiles by a chemical transfer or silk screen printing process. In this case the word “PRINCE” will appear whiter and more polished than the background.
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