Station artists Ruth Ava Lyons and Paul Sires played a pivotal role in the transformation of the NoDa neighborhood into the arts district it is today. They honor and embrace this process of regeneration in their integrated art elements for the 36th Street Station, presenting NoDa as an idea, an area always in flux.
Two stylistic themes appear throughout the station, vegetal images that symbolize the area’s growth and industrial images of mills and factories that reference its past. The organic influence takes the form of a lotus and other more abstracted flowers and leaves, appearing in the windscreens and the column cladding. While Paul, a sculptor, and Ruth, a painter, have very distinct creative styles, their designs culminate in an undefinable, eclectic space with the greater message that beauty emerges when different elements work together for a greater good.
Elevation of wall mosaic