Leo Villareal - Hive (Bleecker Street)
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Hive (Bleecker Street)

Leo Villareal January 2012

Broadway-Lafayette Street/Bleecker Street Subway Station

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MTA Aarts and Design

Hive (Bleecker Street) is a light installation for the Bleecker Street Station by Leo Villareal. The LED sculpture takes the form of a honeycomb, dramatically filling an architectural space in the shape of an ellipse above the stairs that marks the new transfer point connecting the IRT and IND subway lines. The enormous ceiling, hovering overhead, becomes a type of illuminated diagram as vivid colors, outlining each hexagonal honeycomb shape, move across the sculpture. Villareal created an unprecedented art experience for transit riders who use the station, in its use of technology and LEDs.

Hive (Bleecker Street) has a playful aspect in its reference to games. Riders will be able to identify individual elements within a larger context and track this movement. The work explores the compulsion to recognize patterns and the brain’s hard coded desire to understand and make meaning. The patterns also take inspiration from the research of the mathematician John Conway who invented the Game of Life, the best-known cellular automata program. Hive (Bleecker Street) speaks to a diverse audience - it is abstract and evocative and can have many different meanings. It creates an experience for riders through changing patterns presented in randomized progression. Overall, the piece resonates with the activity of the station, transportation network and the city itself. The work was fabricated by Parallel Development.

Title Hive (Bleecker Street)
Artist Leo Villareal
Created January 2012
Commissioned by MTA Arts & Design
Location Broadway-Lafayette Street/Bleecker Street Subway Station
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Date Added to Art Pigeon April 2018
Contributing Users unofficial-mtaartsdesign
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Sept. 20, 2017

Mapping 10 works by famous artists in the NYC subway

Curbed

Light artist Leo Villareal, whose works can be found ... The piece, titled “Hive,” was installed at the connection point between the Broadway-Lafayette and Bleecker St. stations when that transfer opened in 2012. The piece features colorful LED lights ...

Sept. 26, 2012

Rail good connection: Bleecker finally meets Broadway-Lafayette

New York Post

The MTA ended one of the most confusing — and costly — quirks in the subway system yesterday, opening the free transfer between the Bleecker Street uptown 6 ... an LED sculpture called Hive. Designed by artist Leo Villareal, it takes the form of ...

Aug. 1, 2012

Blinged Out Bleecker Street Station Has Color-Changing Lights

Curbed

The new Bleecker Street Station, which will connect the uptown and downtown 6, B, D, and F trains, recently got decked out with a pretty awesome digital art installation. Instead of regular boring fluorescent lights, the MTA tapped artist Leo Villareal to ...

Sept. 26, 2012

At Opening of Bleecker Street Subway Transfer, a Gentle Reminder the MTA Is Kinda Broke

Observer

After years of construction, and many more years before that of planning and debate, the uptown connection between the 6-Train and the Sixth Avenue line finally opened yesterday at Bleecker ... that make up Leo Villareal’s Hive installation.

Sept. 26, 2012

First Look Inside The Most Important Subway Transfer Of Our Time: Bdwy-Lafayette To Uptown 6

Gothamist

And though it's been visible in the station for months, "Hive (Bleecker Street)," the hexagonal honeycomb light display on the ceiling, also made its official debut this morning. Artist Leo Villareal designed the piece, using LEDs to create pretty kinetic ...

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