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The Home of the Stars

Yankees-East 153rd Street (Hudson)

The Home of the Stars

Ellen Harvey
Artwork in glass mosaic by Ellen Harvey showing the sky at different times of day and night.
“The Home of the Stars” (2009) by Ellen Harvey at MNR Yankees-East 153 Street Station. Photo: Rob Wilson

About the Project

“The Home of the Stars” created by artist Ellen Harvey, is a large-scaled series of mosaic panels that grace the walls of the pedestrian overpass of Metro-North Railroad's new Yankees-E. 153rd Street Station at in the Bronx. 

This site-specific artwork, based on a series of photographs and watercolors capturing the south-facing Bronx sky from 6:30 to 9 p.m., portrays a typically spectacular Bronx sky in April as it progresses through 11 panels from a radiant cloud-filled sky to a starlit night. The photographs were translated into glass mosaic to capture the atmospheric progression and the iridescent quality of the evening sky. 

The 1,228-square-foot mosaic brings a romantic moment into an urban setting while welcoming riders to the community. Speaking about her inspiration for the new artwork, Harvey said, "Everyone knows Yankee Stadium as 'the Home of the Stars' but in the busy streets of the Bronx, where the city lights drown out the sky, it's easy to forget the real stars. In this mosaic, as people walk by, the sun sets and the stars come out to welcome them."

About the Artist

Ellen Harvey was born in the United Kingdom and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Her paintings, multi-media installations, and large-scale commissions explore traditional iconography, the relationship between art and nostalgia and the idiosyncrasies of public and private collections and the history and future of museums. Harvey is a graduate of the Whitney Independent Study Program, Yale Law School and Harvard College and attended the Berlin Hochschule der Kunste in Germany. She is the recipient of numerous awards including a Smithsonian Artists Research Fellowship and a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. She has exhibited extensively in the U.S. and internationally and was included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial. Harvey has created public works for the Chicago Transit Authority, New York’s Percent for Art in Marcy Plaza in Brooklyn, Terminal F at the Philadelphia International Airport (in collaboration with Jan Baracz), and the Barnes Foundation. She is the author of “The New York Beautification Project” and “Ellen Harvey: Mirror.”