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Katherine Knauer
New York, New York

Commercially printed fabric, fabric digitally designed by the artist and printed by
Machine appliquéd, hand embroidered, hand quilted

36 x 36 inches

The Second Avenue Subway, the first phase of which is currently scheduled to open in 2016, has been a plan and occasional construction project since 1929. The reasons for the line's many "false starts" and delays are numerous and complex, and it is sometimes referred to as "The Line That Time Forgot." Katherine Knauer lives on Second Avenue, so her experience of the intermittent but intense underground drilling and seemingly never-ending construction delays is direct, personal, and visceral. She comments: "I live directly on the site of the new Second Avenue Subway construction. I photographed some of the equipment, including a huge drill, and scenes of traffic disruption, and transferred them to fabric for this quilt, as well as a map of part of the subway system. Commercially printed subway fabric is also used, and the announced dates of expected completion of the new subway lines were embroidered on the surface."



Note: This quilt is currently traveling in an exhibition of works by the Manhattan Quilters Guild and will not be available for delivery until after that show closes in 2014.

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Toward Barred Island by Gayle Fraas and Duncan Slade (detail)

Bottom left and right: Toward Barred Island (detail) by Gayle Fraas and Duncan Slade