The Return of Spring (above) / The Onset of
The pair of mosaics "The Return of Spring" and
of Winter" depict various New York City street scenes and were
paintings translated to mosaics by Artistic Mosaics Travisanutto of
Italy. They were first unveiled to the public at the Gallery of Modern
Art in Udine, Italy, in 1999 and 2003 respectively. "The Return of
Spring" depicts construction workers and other city dwellers in front
of a rendering of an original IRT subway kiosk. The scene depicted in
"The Onset of Winter" is a crowd (some with faces of the artist's
friends) watching a film crew record a scene of a woman entering the
subway, as the first snowflakes of winter come down on the background
New York skyline.
You can view the installed mosaics in person at the Times Square/42nd Street IRT Subway station.