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New Artwork at Avenue U Honored as Best Public Artwork in USA

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The art installation at the Avenue U station on the [q] Line was named one of the best public artworks in the United States at the <a href="http://www.artsusa.org/networks/public_art_network/year_in_review/defaul... Americans for the Arts Convention</a> held in June. <a href="http://flic.kr/s/aHsjAnsoTo">Click here for photos of the artwork.</a></p>
<p><div style="float:left; margin-right:10px; margin-bottom:10px;"><img src="/sites/default/files/archive/imgs/bklyn_seeds.jpg" alt="Photo detail of Brooklyn Seeds mosaic at Avenue U"></div>

<a href="/mta/aft/permanentart/permart.html?agency=nyct&line=Q&artist=1&station=16"><em>Brooklyn Seeds</em></a>, created by <a href="http://jasonmiddlebrook.com/">Jason Middlebrook</a> in 2011, is a giant mosaic of flowers climbing up the wall of the station. The piece was created using vibrant glass mosaic and ceramic tile by Miotto Mosaic Art Studio. The plants are based on wildflowers that grow in unlikely places in urban neighborhoods, through cracks in the sidewalks, and in alleys and along walls.</p>
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The artwork expresses the beauty where nature and city intersect. His art is concerned with the interaction between the organic and human in our modern world. He addresses our often ambivalent relationship toward nature in contemporary life, where the beauty of nature can be roped off or overlooked in our highly developed cities.</p>
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Middlebrook's public art and studio work has appeared in the U.S., Central America and Europe; he has exhibited widely and uses a range of media. His sculptural works use cast off materials or natural items paired with drawings and paintings. His recent work consists of acrylic on wood planks that the artist sources from mills in New York State and Massachusetts, bridging the divide between nature and culture.</p>
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Brooklyn Seeds was commissioned by MTA Arts for Transit as a part of the rehabilitation of several stations on the Brighton line. To get a closer view of the mosaic, take the [q] train to Avenue U, and view the southbound stairwall leading from the street level of the platform.</p>