The Backward Universe Is In NYC. Where Else Can It Be? Grand Central Terminal Rocks!

The Backward Universe Is In NYC. Where Else Can It Be? Grand Central Terminal Rocks!
Isabel del Rio
The Backward Universe Is In NYC. Where Else Can It Be?

Ceiling of Grand Central Terminal. Photo attribution Arnoldius

Grand Central Terminal is open to the public daily from 5:30 AM until 2:00 AM. It covers 48 acres (19 ha) and has 44 platforms, more than any other railroad station in the world! And over 750,000 commuters pass through this iconic train terminal each day. Wooow!

Furthermore, Grand Central Terminal is beautiful! A landmark in New York! Its starry ceiling was conceived in 1912 by Warren with his French friend Paul César Helleu, and executed by James Monroe Hewlett and Charles Basing of Hewlett-Basing Studio, with Helleu consulting. Of course, corps of astronomers and painting assistants worked with Hewlett and Basing.

Thus, if you look up, you can see a spectacular representation of the October Zodiac sprawled across the ceiling. Wonderful! Over 2,500 stars, 60 of which are illuminated! However, this universe is peculiar, because it’s backwards. The intention is clear: to depict God’s view of the universe from heavens up above.


Grand Central Terminal NYC

In fact, French artist, Paul César Helleu, looked down upon the constellations instead of looking up at the sketch while painting! Art is always a surprise! Don’t you think so?

Have you ever seen the Backward Universe? What do you think? Do you like this NYC landmark? Tell us your opinion now!

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**Although the terminal has been called “Grand Central Terminal” since 1913, it also known as Grand Central Station, which is the name of the previous rail station on the same site, and also the name of the U.S. Post Office station next door which is not part of the terminal.

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Enjoy your day, Yareah friends. Art is everywhere and up to you!

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Isabel del Rio

Managing Editor at Yareah® Magazine. Author of ‘Ariza’ (2008) and ‘The Girls of Oil’ (2010)

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