8 Av (N)


Olalekan Jeyifous
Artwork in laminated glass by Olalekan Jeyifous showing recognizable neighborhood objects in abstracted designs and configurations.
"MADE WITH LOVE" (2019) © Olalekan Jeyifous, NYCT 8 Av Station. Photo: Anthony Artis

About the project

Olalekan Jeyifous’ artwork for the 8 Av station explores connections between culture, architecture, and food found in Brooklyn's diverse Sunset Park neighborhood. The artwork, "MADE WITH LOVE," is a series of 28 triptych compositions that combine architectural and urban elements of the neighborhood with culinary dishes known and loved by the local community and visitors.  

Combining hand drawing and digital illustration, Jeyifous captures iconic food practices that reflect the diverse cultural make-up of the neighborhood. Food items such as dumplings, egg tarts, kebabs, tacos, churros, borscht, and lasagna are morphed into building facades, store fronts, mailboxes, fruit stands, and subway cars. Imagery captured from the surrounding neighborhood is rendered into simplified, graphic shapes in vibrant hues.  

"MADE WITH LOVE" was translated into laminated glass panels by Glasmalerei Peters Studios and can be seen on both platforms of the station. The engaging and joyful work is meant to generate playful and whimsical responses from riders as they discover familiar elements from their cultures and communities. 

About the artist

Olalekan Jeyifous is a Nigerian-born, Brooklyn-based artist and designer. He received a Bachelor's degree in Architecture from Cornell University, where his focus of study was primarily on investigating the relevant potential for a variety of computer software within the fields of art, design, and architecture. His work has been exhibited at venues such as the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Museum of Modern Art, the Vitra Design Museum, and the Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain.