Year’s End on Track 2016 . . .
Darkest days of the year descend into darkness when the sun meets the western horizon in a wink’s flash, gone. The lights of the city sparkle to compensate, fill the still cityscape and its river reflections with electric holiday color light.
Perhaps this is why the year’s blooming wild remain near lamp posts and patches off path that capture, even if briefly, the intensity of a low setting sun.
And another, newer season of light arises.
Our friends at the New York Botanical Garden permitted a contemplative opportunity to see organic plant materials take the form of New York City at the 25th annual Holiday Train Show. Paul Fusse and a squad of artisans have produced a cathartic botanical experience when the landscapes outside stand brown and in slumber under sudden snow.
Inside, under glass, a space large enough to house a copse of trees presents lights on, trains roll. Landmark towers, bridges, and stadiums share trackside space along its length with residential scenes. One favorite, the trio of apartments, rowed side by side, electric lit, stand like singing carolers on a December’s evening.
‘Tis the Season . . . With snow now on the western edge of Manhattan
— rPs 12 19 2016
Read more about artist Paul Fusse and his team of artisans on the NYBG website listed under the Blogroll, or follow this link: http://www.nybg.org/hts16/
Read more about NYC’s regional rail in the new book by author Walter E. Zullig: http://morningsunbooks.com/products/metro-north-in-color-br-i-small-available-october-1-2016-small-i
In memory of Louis, J. Amici, Jr. (1947-2016) and Jeff Feldmeier (1966-2016). They always met the train on time.