BLE Sugar Creek Station
Early in design and during an initial site visit, artist Chandra Cox was impressed by the volume of train traffic she witnessed, as the site is located at a transportation crossroad in which 50 plus railroad trains pass by the light rail station platform daily. The types of trains range from passenger to freight, traffic she acknowledges through art elements containing symbols and imagery related to rail history.
As visitors approach the station from the adjacent park and ride lot, they will encounter the artist's 18’ Orb Lantern, a symbol derived from a train directional signal. The Orb will be made of painted steel planes with laser cut patterns arranged in a radial format. Glowing from above, a ring of LED fixtures will cast light down and illuminate the Orb.
On the station platform, the windscreen glass will be filled with text containing all of the Class I Railroads in the country arranged in a way that allows larger images of trains to appear from far away. The designs are a stunning interplay of art and technology, as the artist worked with a computer programmer to create an algorithm that translated the pixels in her photographs into text based imagery.