THE HOME OF THE STARS, 2009

A Mosaic Commissioned by MTA Arts for Transit for Metro North’s new Yankee Stadium Station.

Everyone knows Yankee Stadium as “the Home of the Stars” but in the busy streets of the Bronx where the city lights drown out the sky, it’s easy to forget the real stars. In this mosaic, as passersby walk towards Yankee Stadium the sun sets and the stars come out to welcome them.

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The mosaic consists of eleven 18 ft. by 6.75 ft. panels. The panels show a sunset and moon and star rise in 15 minute increments, starting at 6.30pm (the time most Yankee fans would be arriving at the train station for an evening game) and ending at 9 pm. The sky depicted is based on watercolors based on photographs of a typically spectacular Bronx sunset and the location of the sun, moon and stars are those that viewers would experience gazing in the direction of the walkway wall in April of 2009 (the completion date of the new Yankee Stadium). Of course, given the light pollution of the city, the stars in the final panels of the mosaic would never actually be visible to the naked eye.
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The mosaic was fabricated and installed by hand in Italy by Valerio Lenarduzzi’s studio for Franz Mayer of Munich using a combination of hand-made and industrial glass.
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Photograph: Jan Baracz