Made a trip to the recently re-titled Queens Museum (sans Art) this past weekend for their closing ‘International’ event day. When routing through Flushing Meadows-Corona Park I always like to take the extra stop and go visit the mosaics at the Willets Point-Shea Stadium station (some still call it that). There are works by Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, and they’re generally just awesome to look at.
A couple years back on one of those such trips with my friend Ashley (in town from St. Louis) we saw a parks person sweeping near the mosaics. Sweeping is nothing special, but the sweeping was producing a strange ‘clankity clank’ sound. Upon further observation we realized the person was sweeping up loose mosaic tiles, that apparently came loose either due to weather, general wear & tear, or vandalism it wasn’t clear. After all these mosaics had been there for decades – why suddenly did all these tiles come loose?
Whatever the reason, fast-forward a few years and here are the results. A terrible patch job:
Did I mention upon realizing the parks person was sweeping up mosaics that me and Ashley walked around and picked up as many as we could find? Yup, have a special bag full of Worlds Fair mosaic tiles in my possession. Wouldn’t be surprised if you scoured the land there you could probably still find some too.