Maria Artemis is interested in what is unknown about the places that are most familiar to us. Her visual exploration of the geology below the surface of her site is an invitation to wonder at the dynamic systems of the planet that sustain us as they manifest locally.
The station platform and adjacent park landscape become a physical and visual narrative referencing local geology, plate tectonics and water’s role in fossil and gold formation. The physical, tactile presence of boulder benches in the landscape and on the platform embodies these past geological events and joins the two sites. Through the richness of physical and visual elements, her work encourages the station users to seek knowledge beyond their initial experience.
Elevation view of windscreens (top and bottom) and aerial view of platform paving pattern (middle).
The geological themes expressed throughout the station platform exist in both obvious and discreet ways. While the windscreen glass will include colorful maps of the Carolinas at different points over the last 500 million years, the platform surface will be inset with curved lines of local stone aggregate, granite with blue glass on the northbound and gold glass on the southbound. As if on an archaeological dig, visitors will walk atop inset arcs stamped with the image of a pre-Cambrian fossil found in North Carolina. Click here to learn more about the Parkwood Station Windscreens
Station Benches Arcs with stamped concrete and glass aggregate