Departures and Arrivals by Ben Snead

Departures and Arrivals by Ben Snead

Departures and Arrivals by Ben Snead is located inside the Jay St./MetroTech MTA subway station in downtown Brooklyn. The more than 100-foot long installation combines screenprinted tile and glass mosaic.

The symmetrical imagery features creates that have arrived in Brooklyn from elsewhere, including koi from Japan and the house sparrow from Europe:

Departures and Arrivals by Ben Snead

Behind the birds and fish is the Tiger Beetle, a Brooklyn native that is in decline, or “departing” using the artist’s wording:

Departures and Arrivals by Ben Snead

Viewed up close, the material differences between the screenprinted tile and glass mosaic become obvious. The glass glows with saturated color, while the greyscale tile looms ominously in the background:

Departures and Arrivals by Ben Snead

Seen in profile, the arriving critters are arranged patterns to highlight the connections and relationships between dissimilar species:

Departures and Arrivals by Ben Snead

Probably the most satisfying aspect of the artwork is when you notice that the symmetry is not quite perfect. These are not mirror images:

Departures and Arrivals by Ben Snead

Departures and Arrivals by Ben Snead

Departures and Arrivals by Ben Snead

You have to look very closely to see the halftone pattern of the screenprinted tile, which makes up the tones of the Tiger Beetle:

Departures and Arrivals by Ben Snead

See more photos of this installation here and here. Ben Snead was born in Denver and is now based in Brooklyn.

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