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The Land Between Two Waters

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The Land Between Two Waters

Maria Cristalli and Marc Brown
Artwork in forged steel by Maria Cristalli and Marc Brown showing trees, birds, skyline and water in the platform windscreens.
“The Land Between Two Waters” (2010) by Maria Cristalli and Marc Brown at NYCT Morrison Avenue-Soundview Station. Photo: Maggie Soladay

About the Project

Rendered in forged steel, “The Land Between Two Waters” consists of 14 panels in seven pairs that are integrated into the station’s platform windscreens. The images evoke the nearby rivers and other elements of the landscape, both natural and constructed, associated with the history and evolution of the area. 

Soundview is located near the point where the Bronx River flows into the East River and was once known as the "Land by the Two Waters" by the native Siwanoy people. With water as a central element, the artists depict a forest of native trees (oak, tulip tree, cottonwood, mountain ash, sweet maple, sassafras, and flowering dogwood) and birds (wild pheasant, osprey, great egret, cedar waxwing, cardinal, and grey catbird). Other panels farmland and the contemporary cityscape of homes, bridges, and distant skylines. Throughout, however, the artists compel us to view ourselves in an urban environment that is not separate from but is part of the natural landscape and its evolution.

About the Artist

Maria Cristalli and Marc Brown’s work consists of designing and making art and functional artistic building parts that are integrated into the built environment. They have created a mix of sculptural and architectural projects, all realized through the medium of hand-forged steel, iron, and bronze. Cristalli is a blacksmith who creates hand-forged sculptures, architectural ironwork, home furnishings, and public art. After getting a BFA in photography from the University of Washington she fell into forging hot metal and studied the traditional craft of blacksmithing with master smiths. Cristalli has been blacksmithing for over 30 years. Her work has been shown in numerous galleries and she has been featured on HGTV‘s program, “Modern Masters.” Cristalli lives in the woods outside of Cle Elum, Central Washington. Brown has worked in architecture for over thirty years and has incorporated artist made building parts and fine art pieces, particularly forged metal into many projects.