Valley Stream Station // MTA Long Island Rail Road
Malin Abrahamsson: On the Trail of the Rising Sun, 2008
Glass and ceramic mosaic on West Stair Wall, Escalator Wall and Platform Waiting Room
At Valley Stream Station a series of mosaic works called On the Trail of the Rising Sun fills the new platform waiting room with works of calming color and charming vistas.
Portraying the skies and scenery of the area, Swedish-born and Brooklyn-based artist Malin Abrahamsson creates a broad swath of green bands punctuated with more detailed mosaics of local sights, such as a pair of Canadian Geese, a house, and the nearby clock tower.
Two other large mosaic panels hang above the west stairway and escalator, showing a pale blue sky with a touch of green at the bottom, a seagull in flight, and floating clouds. The works bring to commuters a painter’s sensibility with views of the rolling lawns and shrubs of the close-by suburbs, under expansive skies.
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NASA image captured March 27, 2012
NASA successfully launched five suborbital sounding rockets this morning from its Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia as part of a study of the upper level jet stream. The first rocket was launched at 4:58 a.m. EDT and each subsequent rocket was launched 80 seconds apart. Each rocket released a chemical tracer that created milky, white clouds at the edge of space. Tracking the way the clouds move can help scientists understand the movement of the winds some 65 miles up in the sky, which in turn will help create better models of the electromagnetic regions of space that can damage man-made satellites and disrupt communications systems. The launches and clouds were reported to be seen from as far south as Wilmington, N.C.; west to Charlestown, W. Va.; and north to Buffalo, N.Y.
Let the rain fall down and wake my dreams
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