Glasswork ‘Aviary’ Pays Homage to Local Aviation History and Natural Habitats
The LIRR Expansion Project continues to advance, most recently with the installation of glass artwork at the Carle Place Station. The installation – known as “Aviary”—explores themes of flight, in part playing homage to the nearby Cradle of Aviation Museum, Grumman Headquarters, and area airports; as well as various birds and habitats native to the area. The artwork was commissioned by MTA Arts & Design, created from paintings by artist Gail Boyajian.
The art is part of station enhancements for Carle Place Station which was built in 1837, refurbished in 1990, and is undergoing complete reconstruction with new platform and canopy installations. Station improvements also include replacement of the existing overpass to include ADA-accessible elevators, new bike racks, free public Wi-Fi; USB charging stations and digital information displays.
“Gail Boyajian’s homage to the diverse landscape of natural and man-made aspects of flight is the perfect complement to this location along the Long Island Rail Road,” said MTA Arts & Design Director Sandra Bloodworth. “The artwork is a delightful combination of Long Island history and natural beauty.”
Aviary’s 42 hand-painted, laminated glass panels are located throughout the station, featuring themes of natural flight, human flight and habitats native to the Long Island region. Featured panels include native birds and green spaces that support avian habitats. Also featured are images of now-extinct aviation methods, such as passenger balloons and various kinds of kites with bicycles or small motors for power. Various military planes and jets, helicopters, passenger planes and the Apollo mission command and service module are depicted to further represent the evolution of human-led aviation to the present.
Carle Place was also known as Frog Hollow, so frogs and marshland habitats appear in the glass artwork. The composition is continuous across the elevator towers, with the glow of a sunset and a high moon suggesting the passing of the day through shifting colors, and creating a scene to be experienced from many points of view over time.