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The art of the Second Avenue subway (PHOTOS)

A sneak peek at the original artwork that will be displayed in the long-awaited line’s four stations.
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    Lou Reed, one of 12 Chuck Close portraits at 86th Street.|MTA Arts and Design / Rob Wilson

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    Sarah Sze's blue artwork spans 14,000 feet at 96th Street. |MTA Arts and Design / Rob Wilson

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    More of Jean Shin's work at 63rd Street.|MTA Arts and Design / Rob Wilson

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    Part of Vik Muniz's 'Perfect Strangers' seen at 72nd Street.|MTA Arts and Design / Rob Wilson

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    Another Chuck Close portrait at 86th Street.|MTA Arts and Design / Rob Wilson

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    Another look at one of Sarah Sze's work at 96th Street. |MTA Arts and Design / Rob Wilson

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    Another piece in Vik Muniz's 'Perfect Strangers' seen at 72nd Street.|MTA Arts and Design / Rob Wilson

The opening of New York’s newest subway line is still more than a week away, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave a glimpse of what some of its stations will look like on Monday.

The governor revealed the original artwork that will decorate the first phase of the Second Avenue subway, which is slated to open Jan. 1.

The four stations will double as a gallery like no other, showcasing works that range from a gritty, raw and realistic image of New York’s own Lou Reed by Chuck Close to Jean Shin’s compositions that harken back to the city’s past — perhaps even to 1919, when the East Side subway line was first proposed.

The four stations the art will be displayed are 96th, 86th, 72nd and 63rd streets.

The Second Avenue subway is expected to open Jan. 1, with its inaugural ride on Dec. 31, its original target opening. Construction began in 2007.

Phase 2 will eventually extend to 125th Street.

To see more of the art from the Second Avenue subway line, including the works in production, visit the MTA’s Flickr page.

 

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