For this mural Sarah Rutherford was inspired by the “Day” and “Night” statues that were hauled off to the Meadowlands and jumbled in a trackside landfill in Secaucus after the 1963 demolition of the late Penn Station. Created by Adolph Alexander Weinman, these allegorical female figures representing time on each side of the station’s four entryway clocks have been reclaimed by the artist – spawning a new story of time and beauty and reminding us of the importance for the need for preservation of our past, i.e. this find in 1968 lead the way to the preservation of Grand Central Station in Manhattan. Here “Day” faces east holding a garland of sunflowers welcoming each new day while the hooded “Night” bids a good evening to all as she faces the west, conceptually embracing two contrasting emotions that we find in all of us. Interestingly, Sarah opted to recreate these gems with female figures rather than repainting the statues, bringing a sense of warmth and familiarity to each, in essence highlighting the re-birth of them.
In collaboration with Mayor Michael Gonnelli and the Town of Secaucus.