Future, Artworks, Stations

Hands and Things


Project Description

Karl Haendel’s larger-than-life composition for the glass entrance pavilion and escalator landing walls of this station will provide prompts for transit customers to engage with their surroundings and reflect on their daily experiences. Locally made functional objects spanning the prehistoric age to the present—and found in the surrounding neighborhood’s museums and cultural institutions—will be depicted in the hands of 38 local volunteers who participated in the creation of the artwork. The images—although only revealing the participants’ hands and arms—hint at the cultural and generational diversity of the area and rich history of the surroundings.

Artist Statement

“As an artist, my goal is to challenge viewers to move slowly and with greater awareness through the world of images and signs in order to reveal how these images make meaning and shape our experience.”

About the Artist

Portrait of Karl Haendel

Portrait of Karl Haendel

KARL HAENDEL (b. 1976, New York) makes drawings, installations, films and public projects. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles, and studied at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. His drawings have been exhibited through galleriesmuseums and biennials nationally and internationally including the Biennial of the Americas, the Biennale de Lyonthe California Biennial, Prospect and the Whitney Biennial, along with solo exhibitions at the Lever House, New York; Locust Projects, Miami; the Museo de Arte de El Salvador; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art; and the Wexner Center for the Arts, among others. Haendel’s work is in the collections of the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, the Fogg Art Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, the Hammer Museum, the Kunsthalle Bielefeld, the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Whitney Museum of American Art. He is the recipient of grants from the California Community Foundation and the Pollock Krasner Foundation.