Dan Funderburgh’s ceramic tile and glass mosaic artwork, SHOAL, has been installed in the ticket office waiting area at Bellmore Station. SHOAL celebrates the journey between home and away and the flow of people, history, and identity throughout Long Island. Ocean waves cover three walls of the station house, featuring ocean buoys and flotsam of Lenape pottery shards and beads, and a flow of North Atlantic sea life in an imitation of Delft pottery style. In addition to original patterns inspired by traditional ceramics, certain tiles also feature local icons such as the Jones Beach water tower, historic Bellmore station and the nearby marinas.
In addition to the mosaic ocean waves, Miotto Mosaic Art Studio fabricated Funderburgh’s elaborate design emulating hand painted glaze by digitally printing on ceramic tile and waterjet cutting the forms of native fish and crustaceans. These techniques are a marriage of traditional aesthetics and craft with modern technology and materials.
Dan Funderburgh is a New York based illustrator, artist and designer whose creations are rooted in the world of decorative arts. His hand-screen-printed wallpaper designs have been featured in places such as the Museum of Art & Design and are in the permanent collections of the Cooper-Hewitt and Brooklyn Museums. He received a BFA from the University of Kansas and lives and works in Brooklyn.
Credit: SHOAL (2018) © Dan Funderburgh, LIRR Bellmore Station. Commissioned by MTA Arts & Design. Photo: MTA Arts & Design.