Giant Mosaics of Dogs Installed in a New York Subway Station

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New York subway got a makeover thanks to these beautiful mosaics made in tribute to the work of the artist William Wegman whose most famous series remains his portraits of Weimaraner dogs.

We already told you the story how Wegman adopted his first Weimaraner in the 70s, a German dog with a gray coat and clear blue eyes called Man Ray; the dog became a source of inspiration for the artist who created a true cult to him in his art. From painting to photography to video, Man Ray has inspired Wegman’s best-known works, including his famous dog portraits.

Now, Wegman collaborated with the MTA Arts & Design which aims to promote art in the New York subway. The Stationary Figures project presents a series of mosaics inspired by his famous dog portraits. Whether wearing a flannel shirt or a shiny raincoat, each dog is inspired by the looks and attitudes of New Yorkers. For the realization of the project, Wegman relied on Mayer’sche Hofkunstanstalt — Mayer of Munich, a historic glass and mosaic workshop.

These 11 paintings now adorn the walls of 23rd Street subway station and embellish the daily journey of millions of New York citizens.

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Oh my dog! “Stationary Figures” at the newly re-opened 23rd Street station in NYC. Eleven glass mosaic panels of @williamwegman’s #weimaraner are featured. Wegman said: “I wanted to create portraits of individual characters, people who you might see next to you on the platform. For these I dressed the dogs in more or less ordinary clothes, nothing too fashionable. I was very interested in the way in which photographs, even the out of focus dogs in the background of some images, could be translated into mosaic by Mayer of Munich, who skillfully turned grey stones into grey dogs” #mayerofmunich #mayerofmunichstudio mayermosaik #mtaarts #williamwegman #subwayart #23rdstreet #mosaic #ftrain #mtrain #dogsofnyc #ohmydog @mayerofmunich @michael_c_mayer #mayerofmunichteam #mayerofmunichartist @williamwegman @mtaartsdesign @mtanyctransit

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Oh my dog! “Stationary Figures” at the newly re-opened 23rd Street station in NYC. Eleven glass mosaic panels of @williamwegman’s #weimaraner are featured. Wegman said: “I wanted to create portraits of individual characters, people who you might see next to you on the platform. For these I dressed the dogs in more or less ordinary clothes, nothing too fashionable. I was very interested in the way in which photographs, even the out of focus dogs in the background of some images, could be translated into mosaic by Mayer of Munich, who skillfully turned grey stones into grey dogs” #mayerofmunich #mayerofmunichstudio #mayermosaic #mtaarts #williamwegman #subwayart #23rdstreet #mosaic #ftrain #mtrain #dogsofnyc #ohmydog @mayerofmunich @michael_c_mayer #mayerofmunichteam #mayerofmunichartist @williamwegman @mtaartsdesign @mtanyctransit

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Oh my dog! “Stationary Figures” at the newly re-opened 23rd Street station in NYC. Eleven glass mosaic panels of @williamwegman’s #weimaraner are featured. Wegman said: “I wanted to create portraits of individual characters, people who you might see next to you on the platform. For these I dressed the dogs in more or less ordinary clothes, nothing too fashionable. I was very interested in the way in which photographs, even the out of focus dogs in the background of some images, could be translated into mosaic by Mayer of Munich, who skillfully turned grey stones into grey dogs” #mayerofmunich #mayerofmunichstudio #mayermosaic #mtaarts #williamwegman #subwayart #23rdstreet #mosaic #ftrain #mtrain #dogsofnyc #ohmydog @mayerofmunich @michael_c_mayer #mayerofmunichteam #mayerofmunichartist @williamwegman @mtaartsdesign @mtanyctransit

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Oh my dog! “Stationary Figures” at the newly re-opened 23rd Street station in NYC. Eleven glass mosaic panels of @williamwegman’s #weimaraner are featured. Wegman said: “I wanted to create portraits of individual characters, people who you might see next to you on the platform. For these I dressed the dogs in more or less ordinary clothes, nothing too fashionable. I was very interested in the way in which photographs, even the out of focus dogs in the background of some images, could be translated into mosaic by Mayer of Munich, who skillfully turned grey stones into grey dogs” #mayerofmunich #mayerofmunichstudio #mayermosaic #mtaarts #williamwegman #subwayart #23rdstreet #mosaic #ftrain #mtrain #dogsofnyc #ohmydog @mayerofmunich @michael_c_mayer #mayerofmunichteam #mayerofmunichartist @williamwegman @mtaartsdesign @mtanyctransit

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Oh my dog! Leaving our Munich Studio is a tough job! “Stationary Figures” at the newly re-opened 23rd Street station in NYC. Eleven glass mosaic panels of @williamwegman’s #weimaraner are featured. Wegman said: “I wanted to create portraits of individual characters, people who you might see next to you on the platform. For these I dressed the dogs in more or less ordinary clothes, nothing too fashionable. I was very interested in the way in which photographs, even the out of focus dogs in the background of some images, could be translated into mosaic by Mayer of Munich, who skillfully turned grey stones into grey dogs” #mayerofmunich #mayerofmunichstudio #mayermosaic #mtaarts #williamwegman #subwayart #23rdstreet #mosaic #ftrain #mtrain #dogsofnyc #ohmydog @mayerofmunich @michael_c_mayer #mayerofmunichteam #mayerofmunichartist @williamwegman @mtaartsdesign @mtanyctransit

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