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A Field of Wild Flowers

Grand Central Terminal

A Field of Wild Flowers

Roberto Juarez
Artwork in mixed media by Roberto Juarez showing various flowers.
“A Field of Wild Flowers” (1997) by Roberto Juarez at Grand Central Terminal. Photo: Rob Wilson

About the project

Roberto Juarez creates a place of refreshment and repose with his lush garden landscape, designed to appear as though it were seen through the windows of a slow-moving train. The work, located at the waiting area in the Station Master's Office, is one of the more fragile pieces in the system, executed in a multi-media collage that he describes as "consisting of layers of gesso, under-painting, urethane, and varnish. I also utilize natural materials — rice paper and a dusting of peat moss — to give my work added texture, strength, and beauty." 

"A Field of Wild Flowers" was created to be compatible with the architecture of Grand Central Terminal, and it repeats some of its historic interior details such as the representation of fruit, acorns, and garlands. It also provides a contemporary work of art that stands on its own, bringing a touch of serenity to the surrounding whirl of activity.

About the artist

Roberto Juarez has been an important figure in the American art scene since his first solo exhibition at Robert Miller Gallery in 1981. He was first known for his painterly floral motifs, influenced by his many travels and interest in the traditions of Hispanic and non-Western painting. Since 2000, and his move from Miami to New York, he has incorporated geometric systems into his paintings and prints. His recent work demonstrates a game-like playfulness in its loosely repetitive patterns. Juarez’s work is in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Denver Art Museum, Miami Art Museum, Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He won the Prix de Rome in 1997 and was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2001-2002.