Wings for the IRT: The Irresistible Romance of Travel by Jane Greengold is a permanent multi-part installation in the Grand Army Plaza subway station in Brooklyn.
Irresistible Romance of Travel, IRT… Get it? Representing victory, these winged terra cotta figures are based on the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch in Grand Army Plaza.
Each station entrance also features a small bronze plaque with a winged woman:
As you descend to the platform level, two women celebrate the arrival of the train. For a commuter, that moment is indeed victorious:
Jane Greengold is a Brooklyn-based artist with a law degree from NYU, who has executed many temporary and permanent public art installations in NYC and beyond.
What? they don’t have a car stuck in traffic? Whats more romantic than that?
Heh! I should have explained that “IRT” is also a reference to the Interborough Rapid Transit Company, which was the subway operator that predated the MTA.