An estimated 250,000 commuters pass through Grand Central’s light-filled, Beaux-Arts terminal each day, making it an ideal setting for high-impact public art. The artist Rudolf Stingel once installed 27,000 square feet of carpet, Christian Boltanski displayed more than 5,000 personal belongings lost by commuters, and performance group Improv Everywhere even stopped time one Saturday.
The most stunning use of the space to date might be an upcoming project by the “Soundsuit” artist Nick Cave. A herd of dancing, mythological-looking horses will occupy Grand Central, with 60 dancers donning the wearable sculptures for public performances accompanied by live music. Cave’s HEARD•NY, presented by Creative Time and MTA Arts for Transit, runs from March 25 through 31.