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There Is Magic Underneath It All

Fort Hamilton Pkwy (N)

There Is Magic Underneath It All

María Berrío
A permanent glass and ceramic mosaic art installation by artist Maria Berrio on the platform walls of the NYCT Fort Hamilton Pkwy station shows two mosaic panels from across the platform, a resting tiger on the left and flowers and butterflies against a blue sky on the right, with two women in front waiting on a metal bench.
"There is Magic Underneath It All" (2019) © María Berrío, NYCT Fort Hamilton Pkwy Station. Photo: Jeannette May

About the project

"There is Magic Underneath it All" is an imaginative and whimsical artwork created by María Berrío for the Fort Hamilton Pkwy station in Brooklyn. As passengers embark on their subway commute, they are greeted by 14 glass and ceramic mosaic panels, viewed from both sides of the platform. Mosaika Art & Design translated Berrío’s series of collaged paintings, built from patterned papers, into richly textured and colorful mosaics. The surreal and fantastical compositions are layered with vibrant patterns, figures playing instruments and folkloric animals including cheetahs, swans, parrots, and butterflies.

The artwork panels are evocative of the drama and majesty of journeys taken by individual travelers who may have immigrated from another country, state, or borough. The artist strives to inspire and remind passengers that they are in the realm of possibility, beauty, and magic. Berrío encourages viewers to explore their exterior and inner worlds of creativity, mystery, and joy. 

About the artist

María Berrío is a Colombian-born visual artist working in Brooklyn. She is known for her use of Japanese print paper, which she cuts and tears to create collages with details painted in with watercolor. Berrío, who spent her childhood in Colombia and moved to the United States in her teens, draws from Colombian folklore and South American literature.