Radiant Memories

James Little
A permanent glass art installation by artist James Little on escalator wall exterior at LIRR Jamaica Station shows colorful intricate lines that together form flat gradated blocks of color in the colors of the rainbow.
"Radiant Memories" (2020) by James Little at LIRR Jamaica Station. Photo: Sophia Little

About the project

"Radiant Memories," James Little’s vibrant laminated glass artwork at the LIRR Jamaica station, incorporates layers of colorful intricate lines that together form flat gradated blocks of color, creating a sense of movement and animation as the light shifts throughout the day.

Fabricated by Glasmalerei Peters Studios, "Radiant Memories" is the largest MTA Arts & Design installation on Long Island Rail Road, consisting of 33 laminated glass panels within the enclosure that connects the new Brooklyn-bound platform with the JFK AirTrain, central LIRR passage, and a portal bridge at the west end of the platform. The installation brings a fresh aesthetic to the station, and provides an immediate wayfinding signal to Brooklyn-bound commuters as they navigate their transfers.

About the artist

James Little is a well-established abstract painter based in New York City. He is a meticulous craftsman who creates his own colors with pure pigment and heated beeswax and layers each hue multiple times in parallel bands on the canvas. This technique gives his paintings a formal structure, depth of color, and a vibrant energy. Glasmalerei Peters Studios translated Little’s paintings into large laminated glass panels by using hand-cut stencils and applying multiple layers of airbrushed and hand-painted colored enamels and silver stains.