In celebration of the upcoming centennial of New York City's Grand Central Terminal, the Architectural League of New York and the New York Transit Museum have announced the winners of a competition to select sketches by contemporary architects for a new Grand Central Terminal sketchbook produced in collaboration with Moleskine.
The sketchbook features historical images from the Transit Museumʼs collections, along with twenty drawings and sketches by contemporary architects and designers who were invited to “submit a sketch or drawing that captures and/or re-imagines Grand Central, representing or evoking what this iconic building means to you.”
The special edition Moleskine sketchbook celebrates Grand Central Terminal, one of New York Cityʼs most beloved monuments, which will mark its centennial in 2013. A year-long series of events and projects—from art commissions and exhibitions to publications, presentations and performances—is in the works. For more information on the Centennial, visit www.grandcentralterminal.com.
A jury consisting of Dr. Jamshed Bharucha, Laurie Beckelman, John di Domenico, John Hartmann, Frank Lupo, Blake Middleton, Anne Rieselbach, Gabrielle Shubert, and Michael Webb selected the winning sketches from 109 entries.
The winning work represents both the richness and breadth of interpretation that defined the entries to this competition. The submissions ranged in media from hand-drawn sketches, charcoal drawings, and watercolors to photomontages, collages, and computer-aided renderings. The interpretations are sometimes whimsical and impressionistic, sometimes analytic and diagrammatic. Evoking different kinds of narratives, unusual vantage points, and the complexity and dynamism of a working transit hub, the individual responses selected for publication form a collective portrait that captures Grand Central Terminal's historical legacy, current functionality, and iconicity to New York.
Following are the winning entries (for discussion and comments from the jurors click here).
The special edition Moleskine sketchbook for Grand Central Terminal, featuring the winning entries and historical material, is now on sale at Transit Museum Stores in Grand Central, Brooklyn, and online at www.transitmuseumstore.com.
All images courtesy of The Moleskine Grand Central Terminal Sketchbook Drawing Competition.