Subway Art in NYC

December 5, 2023

Clayhaus 2×4 subway tile in the NYC subway system

Clayhaus ceramic tile in NYC's subway system

We were humbled to have been chosen by New York City’s MTA Arts & Design to supply subway tile to complement Nick Cave’s Each One, Everyone = All art installment at the Times Square and Grand Central stations on the 42nd Street Shuttle in the NYC subway.

The MTA A&D program was established in 1985 to uphold the subway founders’ credo that the subway should be “a place of beauty incorporating the highest design standards.” Led since 1996 by current director Sandra Bloodworth, the program has grown into what New York Times art critic Randy Kennedy once called “…the most underrated art museum in New York City…”

At 3,875 sf, it’s one of our biggest projects ever and the order came in during a busier-than-normal year when covid protocols sometimes made in-person production a challenge. We’re lucky to have such a great team that was willing and able to step up when needed to get the job (all the jobs) done. Thank you Clayhaus team.  

The bulk of the 2×4 subway (of course) tile order was white. The artist selected nine other Clayhaus hues for vertical color bands to complement his art. Our tile adorns stairways from the street as well as the station walls facing Cave’s creation. The images (scroll for more) do a much better job portraying the project than we could with words.

Special thanks goes out to the MTA A&D, as well as the artist, Nick Cave. We’re certain our product had to pass muster with them even to be considered. Thanks also to Ricky Liu and the rest of the team at Di Domenico + Partners, for choosing Clayhaus, and to MLJ Contracting, the general contractor.

A huge shout out goes to Marcello Tile out of Albany, NY. They understood the nuances of working with a small, handcrafted ceramic tile company on such a large order. The killer installation they performed makes our tile look fantastic for the millions who will see it.

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