Mosaics were a major part of the New York City Subway when it first opened to the public in 1904. Although later design concepts have often opted for cheaper or more modern materials, Arts For Transit is making sure to keep the mosaic tradition alive by commissioning artists to create permanent mosaic installations for the subway. But, since these commissioned artists are usually not mosaicists themselves, they have to turn to an expert.
Stephen Miotto is one of the mosaic craftsmen who has been responsible for the creation and installation of many of the subway art mosaics. Like many other master mosaicists, Stephen has a special ability to interpret the unique and often complex visions of artists from all different disciplines. Here’s a look at some of Stephen’s best work.