Prince St (R/W)

Carrying On

Janet Zweig and Edward Del Rosario
Artwork in steel, marble, and slate frieze on platform walls by Janet Zweig and Edward del Rosario showing almost two hundred small silver silhouettes of people hauling stuff with them as they walk the city streets.
“Carrying On” (2004) by Janet Zweig and Edward Del Rosario at NYCT Prince St Station. Photo: Rob Wilson

About the Project

“Carrying On” is composed of almost two hundred silhouettes of people hauling stuff with them as they walk the city streets. The artists, Janet Zweig and Edward Del Rosario worked from photographs of individuals moving around the city and in and out of the subway. According to them, the title of “Carrying On” can be interpreted in a variety of ways. "People on the streets of New York are almost always carrying something, sometimes something huge and outlandish. After the 9/11 tragedy, New Yorkers felt that they must carry on with their lives. Finally, New Yorkers are notoriously opinionated and lively; they really do 'carry on.'" The result is a linear narrative work of miniature figures, each of whom has a story it is up to the viewer to discern. It is an engaging work that represents the community and updates the materials used on subway station walls, with its waterjet-cut steel and marble, that achieves both precision and a modern take on the traditional frieze.

About the Artists

New York City artist and educator Janet Zweig blends sculpture and installation to create original works. Primarily focusing on projects for the public realm, Zweig began her artistic career with a focus on book arts before expanding her interest from books to the versatility and meaning of words as they are translated into sculpture and installation. Zweig’s work has been exhibited in museums across the United States and residents in the permanent collections of major institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, New York. 

Painter and artist, Edward del Rosario was born in St. Louis, Missouri before earning a BFA in Painting from the University of Kansas and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Strictly a figurative artist, del Rosario is noted for being a skilled draftsperson. His finely detailed works portray figures in quirky and psychologically provocative situations. By isolating his subjects against blank backgrounds, rendered either in paint or pencil, del Rosario ensures that the figures command the viewer’s full attention. His illustrations have appeared in many publications including The New Yorker, and his art has been exhibited throughout the United States and abroad.