As both an artist and educator, Tom Stanley believes that sometimes the best ideas can be generated by young people, whose energy and intuitive approach to images and words can be refreshing, direct, and honest.
The art at Tom Hunter station is a result of Stanley's interaction with students from the Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School and Hidden Valley Elementary School. In 2012, in response to feedback from the Hidden Valley Community Association, Stanley developed an afterschool workshop curriculum for 5th and 6th grade students. The drawings and descriptive words from these students' participation were used in the designs for the art glass windscreens and metal column claddings in the three passenger shelters on the platform.
Click here to read more about the artist's work with students at Hidden Valley Elementary School and Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School.
In addition, the theme of "Home" that was continually emerging in the art spilled over into the designs for Tom Stanley's 34 art fencing inserts and two red metal and limestone art benches. Overall, the artist created a station that reiterates the community's emphasis that this is a neighborhood of families who have called Hidden Valley home for generations.