An ancient technique for decorating a modern transportation system
Mosaics of ceramic, glass, and other materials has been used for thousands of years in decorating public and private spaces. While the earliest known examples—dating to the 3rd millenium BC—were found in Mespotamia, some of the best known from the ancient world are those in Pompeii and Herculaneum in Italy. Mosaics also were popular in decorating the walls and ceilings of early Christian churches and particularly throughout the Byzantine empire. Today, a relatively new installment can be found in the New York City subway system.
By Tammy La Gorce
The New York Times
November 17, 2016