I loved the intricate tilework built-in to many of New York City’s subway stations. Occasionally there are tile failures, as illustrated in today’s entry of my Subway Series. Some failures could be avoided. In this case, I would fault the decision to build a wall that blocks the view of the platform on the other side of the tracks. The daily rush of the trains, inches from the wall surely hastened the detachment of its ceramic embellishments. The wall also deprives commuters from seeing their fellow travelers across the way.
At least some of humanity may be visible through the gaps in the nearly de-tiled wall. I am thankful for that.