James Gulliver Hancock’s “Connection Cultivating Communities” (2018) Installed in Merrick Station Waiting Room

"Connection Cultivating Communities" (2018) by James Gulliver Hancock. Commissioned by MTA Arts & Design.James Gulliver Hancock’s artwork “Connection Cultivating Communities” has been installed in the station waiting room at Merrick Station. The piece begins with the idea of the LIRR map as a tree branch extending outward, imagining each town along the line as blossoms. The unique communities of Long Island are presented in Hancock’s whimsical, playful style, with small, colorful details. The blooms depict vignettes about the Merrick community and Long Island, including landmarks such as Montauk Point Lighthouse, the Merrick Post Office, Chatterton School, Merrick Library, Merrick Gables Spanish architecture and the LIRR Merrick station itself. The artwork combines ceramic mosaic created by Miotto Mosaic Art Studio and handmade ceramic tile by Frank Giorgini Handmade Tiles, Udu Inc.

James Gulliver Hancock is a well-travelled illustrator known for his playful style. His personal project, “All the Buildings in New York,” stems from an interest in and an obsession with recording places, and what began as a blog is now a multi-city book series. Hancock has created murals for NYU Medical Center and Woolworths, and illustrations for Chipotle, The New York Times, Coca-Cola, and many others. He grew up in Sydney, Australia, and he splits his time between Sydney and Brooklyn, New York.

Connection Cultivating Communities (2018) © James Gulliver Hancock, LIRR Merrick Station. Commissioned by Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts & Design. Photos: MTA Arts & Design.