Much-discussed and much-delayed, construction on the Bleecker Street uptown 6 and B/D/F transfer (at Broadway-Lafayette) is finally nearing completion. The consolation for three long years of waiting and the ballooning $109 million price tag? Psychedelic honeycomb lighting!
Light artist Leo Villareal created “Hive” (inspired by John Conway’s famous mathematical formula “Life”), which is mounted to the ceiling of the station and works by LED lights programed to flash with different speeds and intensity depending on how busy the station is (epileptics at rush hour: beware!). According to Sandra Bloodworth, the director of MTA Arts for Transit, the installation evokes not only the subway system’s “movement and transportation, but also that process of life.”
While the original completion date for the station was November 2011, the project will supposedly open soon. Check DNAinfo for more pictures of “Hive.”