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    Union Station

    Station Art:
    Standing at the Crossroads of a New Century
    Union Station occupies a unique place in Dallas history. The landmark building stands as a testament to the Age of Steam and as a reminder of the strategic role railroads played in the city's growth and development.

    Built in 1916, Union Station consolidated five scattered rail stations into one, making Dallas a transportation center in the Southwest. At its peak, as many as 80 trains stopped daily at the station.

    Now at the crossroads of a new century, Union Station once again assumes a central role in the area's future growth and development, uniting DART bus, light rail, and commuter rail service with AMTRAK interstate rail service.

    Dallas Milestones and Historic MuralsUnion Station Mural
    During the Great Depression, the federal government launched the Public Works of Art Project, commissioning artists around the nation to create works of art for courthouses, post offices, and other public buildings.

    In 1934, Dallasites Jerry Bywaters and Alexander Hogue were granted the first commission in Texas. They created a series of ten murals depicting events in Dallas history for the walls of the second-floor lobby of the old City Hall Building, located on Harwood street between Main and Commerce streets.

    The murals were destroyed in 1954 when the City Hall relocated. To decorate DART's Union Station, Phillip Lamb, Union Station artist, recreated portions of the murals and added contemporary historical milestones based on each mural's theme.

    Design Team
    Design Team Artist: Frances Bagley
    Engineer: Huitt-Zollars, Inc.
    Architect: Hellmoth, Obata & Kassabaum
    Landscape Architect: Linda Tycher & Associates
    Commissioned Artist: Philip Lamb

    West End Station

    Station Art:
    Moving with the TimesWest End Station Clock
    by Jim Bowman

    This clock is constructed of brick, steel, and glass - materials reminiscent of the historic warehouse district. The glass components create a dynamic, ever-changing interaction with light and color, prompted by pedestrians and vehicles flowing around the clock. An amorphous form inside the clock's body, which the artist characterizes as a "ghost in the machine," also shifts shapes. Thus the clock truly reflects the transit mall's theme, "City in Motion."

    Design Team:
    Design Team Artist: Brad Goldberg
    Urban designers/
    Landscape Architecture: Sasaki Associates, Inc.
    Architecture: HJM
    Engineering: Huitt Zollars
    Arredondo, Brunz & Associates, Inc.
    Berryhill Loyd Associates, Inc.
    Commissioned Artists: Jim Bowman

    Akard Station

    Station Art:
    Proclaiming the City in MotionAkard Station Clock
    DART's Downtown Transitway Mall stretches along Pacific Avenue, from Houston Street in the popular West End, through Thanksgiving Square, and then continues along Bryan Street to Hawkins Street. It includes four light rail stations - West End, Akard, St. Paul, and Pearl.

    The mile-long Downtown Transitway Mall in Dallas' Central Business District (CBD) provides a new opportunity to enhance the economic vitality, beauty, and safety of the area. The mall can re-energize downtown as a center where people work, come for cultural, shopping, and recreational purposes, and even reside.

    Recognizing this, the community committee and design team created a user-friendly transitway mall designed to foster a sense of vibrancy throughout the area -- including the spaces between the stations -- and to celebrate the city's past, present, and future.

    To achieve this, they chose a central theme, "The City in Motion" -- motion referring to both the transit system and to the city's growth and development.

    St. Paul Station
    Station Art:
    by Michael BrownSt. Paul Clock - Sun/Moon
    Freestanding, functional clock rendered in steel, copper and glass - 16' high at highest point x 8' at widest point; clock face 36" in circumference.

    Based on the Chinese cultural entity Ming, meaning "brightness," the Sun/Moon timepiece acknowledges that the sun, moon and stars were used for navigation and timekeeping before the invention of mechanical devices. The round shapes of the moon and sun echoes the arched canopies of the station and the tall, circular arches of the building columns that flank both sides of the street.

    Pearl Station

    Cityplace Station

    Station Art:
    Moving Through Time at Cityplace Station
    Beginning with the large tile etching of the original Southland Ice House on the lobby floor of the east entrance, visitors are reminded of the evolution of a small ice business into a global corporation of more than 2,000 7-Eleven convenience stores.

    Cityplace EscalatorsVisitors descend 10 stories below ground level via a 213-step staircase, three pairs of escalators, or by riding an incline-elevator, a glassed-in elevator that moves on the same incline as the escalators.

    On the way down, visitors move past tile work rendered in soothing pastels representing the geologic strata uncovered during construction. The station cavern and the twin rail tunnels on either side of the Cityplace Station boarding platform were drilled through the 80,000,000-year-old Austin Chalk formed during the late Cretaceous period when the North Texas prairie was covered by a shallow inland sea. Fossils typically found in this limestone formation include snail-like ammonites and mollusks, as well as the bony fish pachyrhizodus. Such fossils are represented in tiles seen on the walls beside all escalators.

    On the mezzanine level, ceramic tiles arranged in a circular pattern in the flooring display the artwork of third-graders at nearby James B. Fannin Elementary School, located on Ross Avenue and Fitzhugh. The theme of evolution is carried out in the drawings, as the young artists working seven years ago during the stationís design phase, represented what they wish to be when they grow up.

    Cityplace Station ArtDescending to the platform is also like traveling further into the past, as visitors see five fiery orange and deep brown porcelain-enameled pictographs depicting the Native Americans who once inhabited the region. Representations of Native American pottery, artifacts and other findings are embedded in the platform floor.

    Finally, the porcelain tile art along the track walls pays respect to the evolution of both the rail transportation and the cultures that have enriched the area. Deep brown and ivory-toned tiles on one wall represent the electrical railway that once traveled from Dallas to Waxahachie, Waco and other cities.

    Cityplace Station ArtThe wall on the opposite side of the platform features deep green and ivory-toned panels highlighting age-old fossils, ancient cultures and the more recent communities who have lived at this historical urban crossroads. This collage includes representations of cowry shells, amulets and even the heel of an old shoe Ė all artifacts found in the abandoned Freedmen's Cemetery when it was moved during the widening of North Central Expressway near Lemmon Avenue.

    Lead artist Bob Barsamian worked with neighbors, local historians, archeologists and school children in creating the evolution-themed design of Cityplace Station. Of the overall station design he says, "We wanted to bring color and light to this underground interior, and I think it's all come together very nicely."

    Mockingbird Station

    Station Art:Mockingbird Station Art
    What's in a (Street) Name?
    The flowing ribbon design of the tiles on the station's concrete retaining wall reflects the youthfulness of the nearby residents and refers to the geologic layers of the subway tunnel. Along the wall, there are three levels of terraced plantings, each about 300 feet long, full of plants that thrive in the heavy shade caused by being below grade. Human-sized bird feet face the passenger elevator floor. Up at street level, a series of six columns form 20-foot tall arches over the entrance to the station platform. Each arch is topped with a stained-glass bird that turns in the wind, reflecting both the stained glass in local homes and the enduring street name. Trees are planted along the bar islands, creating a tree-lined walk leading to the station.

    Design Team:
    Design Team Artist: Pamela Nelson
    Landscape Architecture: Linda Tycher
    Architecture: Aguirre Associates
    Engineering: Turner, Collie & Braden
    Commissioned Artist: Robert Trammel

    Convention Center Station

    Station Art:
    Expressing the Dynamic Energy of Dallas

    This station posed special challenges because of its site beneath the Convention Center. The designers wanted to capitalize on the opportunity to convey the spirit of Dallas to convention center visitors and local riders alike.

    The station's color scheme features warm colors in the architectural elements, accented by cool colors in neon lights. Lines of green neon move in arcs across the ceiling, expressing the dynamic energy of Dallas and creating a focus on the commissioned artwork, a light well. Landscaping and curving bands of concrete also foster a sense of place. Together, station design and art create a high energy, unified environment and a total experience.

    Full CircleFull Circle
    by Frances Merritt Thompson
    Photographic digital mural print in a circular 10-foot diameter illuminate concrete light well covered by tempered glass.

    The light well incorporates a symbolic armillary sphere, an ancient instrument which provided travelers a working model of the earth and heavens in relation to their places of observation. The sphere refers to Dallas' emergence as a world-class city and suggests movement through space and time, by repeating the station's green neon arcs and red direction lines.

    A collage of images also features an 1872 lithographic map of Dallas and various symbols including a Tejas Indian warrior and Pegasus, the flying red horse, to reflect layers of Dallas history.

    Design Team
    Design Team Artist: Frances Bagley
    Engineer: Huitt-Zollars, Inc.
    Architect: Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum
    Landscape Architect: Linda Tycher & Associates
    Commissioned Artist: Frances Merritt Thompson

    1 1700 Pacific / DART Store (Elm & Ervay) 17 Earl Cabell Federal Building 33 Neiman Marcus
    2 2001 Bryan Tower 18 El Centro College 34 One Dallas Center
    3 2100 McKinney 19 Fairmont Hotel 35 One Main Place
    4 Adam's Mark Hotel 20 Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas 36 Plaza of the Americas/Westin City Center (formerly Le Meridien Hotel)
    5 Adolphus Hotel 21 First Baptist Church 37 Renaissance Tower
    6 Bank of America Building 22 Fountain Place Tower 38 San Jacinto Tower
    7 Bank One Tower 23 Magnolia Hotel 39 Sixth Floor Museum / Dealey Plaza
    8 Belo Mansion 24 Nasher Sculpture Center 40 A. Maceo Smith Federal Building
    9 Cathedral & Santuario de Guadalupe 25 Greyhound Terminal 41 SBC Plaza
    10 Chase Tower 26 Hampton Inn 42 Thanksgiving Square
    11 Crescent Court 27 Holiday Inn-Aristocrat Hotel 43 Thanksgiving Tower
    12 Dallas Education Center 28 Hyatt Regency Dallas Hotel 44 Trammell Crow Center
    13 Dallas Museum of Art 29 Lincoln Plaza 45 Hotel Lawrence
    14 Dallas Public Library 30 Majestic Theater 46 Woodall Rodgers Tower
    15 Dallas World Aquarium 31 Maxus Energy Tower 47 YMCA Building
    16 DART Headquarters / DART Store 32 Meyerson Symphony Center 48 AmeriSuites

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    DART is great, but the DFW sprawl doesn't lend itself to public transport.

    Most people have to drive to rail stations, because they aren't in walkable neighborhoods, and the bus service isn't as extensive as it could be. Still, it's better than commuting into the city in your car.

    I drive to a Trinity River rail station, and take a lightrail connection to my office in North Dallas. When everyone else is going inbound to Dallas, I'm heading north out of town.

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    Quote Originally Posted by incrediculous View Post
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    DART is great, but the DFW sprawl doesn't lend itself to public transport.

    Most people have to drive to rail stations, because they aren't in walkable neighborhoods, and the bus service isn't as extensive as it could be. Still, it's better than commuting into the city in your car.

    I drive to a Trinity River rail station, and take a lightrail connection to my office in North Dallas. When everyone else is going inbound to Dallas, I'm heading north out of town.
    Commuting in the city is NO FUN AT ALL and EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE!
    Don't even consider doing it. I learned the hard way.
    Our public transportation is better than many think.
    Give it a shot. You will save a lot of money in the long run!

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    thx for this. im heading to the big d for a week at the end of july. i want to check out the dart system.

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