Metro-North adds artistic touch to Mount Vernon bridges

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Metro-North is adding an artistic touch to some Mount Vernon bridges.

Six overhead bridges over their New Haven line tracks in the city are being rebuilt and each will feature site-specific public artwork.

The MTA Arts and Design Department just completed the 14th Street Bridge, and it now boasts sculptural panels intertwined in the fencing.

"I think it has added definitely to the appeal of the bridge because it's not just your standard fencing and it’s not too intrusive," says MTA structural engineer Michael Feinberg. The design features old blueprints of the city of Mount Vernon.

The five other bridges slated for construction by Metro-North in Mount Vernon will all feature artwork with a music, history or diversity theme.

Guquena Baker believes the bridge art adds more culture to the neighborhood.

"To be presented with more artwork, I think will be more beautiful and accept me more into this environment, I would love that," says Baker.

The MTA gave all the artists a tour of the city so they could be inspired in their designs.

"The art that we're looking at right now is kind of invented maps, based on the very early blueprints of the city's planning," shared Yaling Chen of MTA Art and Designs.

The Sixth Avenue Bridge is slated for completion next summer and will feature interactive artwork with a musical theme.

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