Artist Timothy Hyunsoo Lee created a series of 45 laminated glass panels entitled “Come Back Home” (2018) for Stewart Manor Station. Inspired by and derived from a series of original watercolor paintings, “Come Back Home” responds to the landscape of Stewart Manor and to the nearby community. The works take their inspiration from the flora of Garden City, extracting colors from the leaves as they change through the seasons. Lee used his signature painting style, which incorporates fractal-like forms, to reference the seasonal plants found in Garden City. His paintings include the great variety of colors from these plants, with more vibrant greens seen in the spring and a kaleidoscopic array of yellows, reds, greens and browns in autumn.
Lee worked with glass fabricator Tom Patti Design to create these laminated glass panels. The compositions of the glass panels, located in three shelter sheds on the station’s platforms, initially appear as landscapes, but closer inspection reveals abstractions in color and shapes that echo the timeless cycles of seasons and individual lives and, on a smaller and more specific scale, the daily commute.
Come Back Home (2018) © Timothy Hyunsoo Lee, LIRR Stewart Manor Station. Commissioned by Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts & Design. Photo: Seong Kwon Photography.