DART's award-winning Station Art & Design Program
- Launched in 1988
- Brightens the DART Service Area with uncommon works of public art
- Makes art accessible by offering free art to the public
- Builds a sense of community around the stations by creating new, vibrant public spaces where residents can gather
- Takes an ordinary public transit facility and makes it extraordinary
THE BIG PICTURE.
Study any of these art projects closely, and you'll notice how the individual elements work together to support the artist's central theme. The artist can leave their signature on a station in many ways – in the way they approach the platform paving, the column cladding and the landscape design, just to name a few. These artistic elements must be more than just attractive - they must be usable.
Irving Convention Center
ARTWORK THAT WORKS.
Since the daily operation of the station is the top priority, form must follow function. Landscaping along the platform, for example, not only enhances the visual aesthetics, it also provides protection from the elements. Another factor is the high usage these projects receive and their constant exposure to the elements. That is why DART uses durable, low-maintenance materials.
MAKING THE COMMUNITY A CANVAS.
The station artists can leave a lasting legacy in their communities, developing artwork people can enjoy for generations to come. However, the artists do not work alone. From the initial planning stage to the finished product, an art and design project reflects the work of a dedicated team, including architects, engineers, designers and planners, in addition to representatives from DART and the community.
Las Colinas Mandalay Canal
Las Colinas Urban Center
Just as this rail alignment is one continuous line, the planners had a singular vision for the Orange Line's station art and design. Here are six guiding principles used to create continuity:
- Using a Texas vernacular style in the station architecture
- Utilizing common materials & colors
- Mirroring materials found throughout the city of Irving
- Landscaping with native plants
- Giving each station a different set of "clothing" to add diversity while maintaining consistency
- Binding the stations together with a thematic element
- The four elements: Earth, wind, fire and water
In addition to being the artist for Belt Line Station, Brad Goldberg provided oversight for each of the Orange Line stations, ensuring that the art and design projects maintained conceptual continuity. Goldberg drew inspiration from Ben Carpenter. "Ben Carpenter's original vision for Las Colinas was very much about preserving the natural features of the surrounding land," Goldberg said.
A SHARED VISION.
Each of the new stations shares certain artistic elements. For example, all of the station canopies have a standing seam metal roof with a pre-weathered galvalume finish. Each station also incorporates limestone into the design. The station platforms feature a strip of Texas pink granite with the station name carved into it. Finally, all the handrails and guardrails have a galvanized finish.