Art and DART
Speed. Vibrant colors. Forward movement. Perspectives. Destination. Energy. Beauty.
The visual richness doesn’t just come from the passing scenery outside of your train window. Commuters and explorers utilizing one of the four Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) rail stations in Richardson are exposed to a collection of art that reflects the local community and represents a range of style.
“Our station art program not only helps us give the stations a sense of place within the community, it also helps us humanize the transit experience for our customers,” says Morgan Lyons, assistant vice president of external relations at DART. “We believe transit is more than the transaction of getting from point to point. We believe transit can transform lives and communities, and these art pieces help us express that.”
Here is an on-the-go look at the significance of the design surrounding stops on DART’s Red Line. Slow down and enjoy. You can always catch the next train.
Spring Valley Station
At the station’s ground-level entrance, sculptor Michael Morgan’s red brick columns, titled Spring Valley Terms, grow out of the ground as a reminder of the spring and creek that at one time flowed nearby.
The upper level incorporates a flowing floral theme noticeable in the railing treatments. Artists Chong Keun Chu and Hyun Ju Chung designed the large metal overhead panels to represent water flowing organically from a natural spring.
Arapaho Center Station
Here, a walkway comprised of colored paving stones displays icons representative of Richardson’s history. Across from this station, you can also see Hans Van de Bovenkamp’s large sculpture Gateway. This three-dimensional red ring symbolizes a bright window to the future.
Galatyn Park Station
Near Richardson’s Telecom Corridor, artwork at Galatyn Park Station reminds us of the interworking of today’s devices. Artist Jim Cinquemani’s large-scale columns near the station entrance symbolize twin satellite dishes and create a visible gateway. The fence design represents a circuit board with etched panels indicating different high-tech language codes that spell out “Galatyn Park.”
Walkable from the Galatyn Park Station, you can find the Forrest and Virginia Green Mezzanine Gallery at the Eisemann Center featuring rotating exhibits from local and regional artists. September’s exhibit features the Southwestern Water Color Society Exhibition, while October will showcase Reflections by Weeda Hamdan.
Striking 20-foot-high steel and wire mesh topiary columns welcome you into the CityLine/Bush Station. One of a Kind, a large green large rabbit sculpture, pays homage to the local wildlife, and on nearby State Street, you’ll discover Over the Moon, a 25-foot sculpture by Gordon Huether. The newest installation from the Houston-based sculptor Joseph Havel, portrays a bronze and translucent column of books. These big, bold, whimsical selections are reflective of a Richardson filled with possibilities.