When the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) decided to remodel the 28th Street Lexington Avenue subway station, they tapped artist Nancy Blum to create a visually welcome environment for daily commuters of the 6 train. Blume responded with “Roaming Underfoot”, a beautiful series of glass mosaics of local flowers that adorn the walls. The mosaics include such perennials as hydrangea, daffodil, camelia, red bud, and magnolia – all of which grow in nearby the Madison Park Conservantory.
The station artwork depicts seven flowering plants that are sourced from the Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Perennial Collection. The flowers include Red Buds, Magnolias, Hellebores, Witch Hazel, Daffodils, Hydrangea and Camellia. The blooming plants were chosen as a representation of plant species that withstand changing climate conditions of the city…Blum’s intent was to capture some of the magic of the nearby park, regarded as an urban sanctuary, and to enhance the station environment for transit riders.