As a part of the $23.9 million rehabilitation effort underway at MTA Long Island Rail Road’s (LIRR) Wantagh Station, the MTA Arts & Design Program has selected alumnus Marc Dennis (MFA in Studio Art, 1993 and recipient of a Presidential Scholarship) to complete a permanent public art piece. Dennis proposed thirty hand-painted glass windows depicting scenes of nearby Jones beach and mosaic panels on Wantagh Station’s stairways highlighting shoreline imagery.
From the press release:
Known for his hyper-realistic and strikingly detailed paintings of staged images of contemporary American culture, Marc Dennis' proposal for thirty hand-painted glass windows will depict scenes of an idyllic and imaginative day at nearby Jones Beach to include colorful and realistic images of birds, beachgoers, sunsets, seashells and regional symbolism. In addition, mosaic panels at stairways will highlight ocean waves and shoreline life. The hand-painted glass windows will be created in Germany at Glasmalerie Otto Peters in Neuenbeken; and the mosaics will be created at Franz Mayer of Munich.
The modernization project for the Wantagh Station is expected to conclude in November of 2017.