With construction of the Silver Line regional rail project in full swing, it means a new wing will be added to DART’s growing gallery of station art. DART’s Station Art & Design Program makes the community a canvas, recognizing the role that art plays in creating meaningful public spaces. Like an art museum on wheels, this program makes art accessible to everyone, showcasing beautiful works of public art across the DART Service Area.
Anticipated to open in late 2024, the Silver Line rail corridor will include 10 stations: DFW Airport Terminal B Station, DFW North Station, Cypress Waters Station, Downtown Carrollton Station, Addison Station, Knoll Trail Station, UT Dallas Station, CityLine/Bush Station, 12th Street Station and Shiloh Road Station. That’s a lot of new art to enjoy!
Overall, the Silver Line station designs will complement the existing TEXRail stations along the same rail corridor, while at the same time creating an identifiable look for DART’s portion of the corridor. Ultimately, DART wants to create stations that are timeless and compatible with the communities they serve.
Today, we’ll highlight two of the art projects along the line: Cypress Waters Station and UT Dallas Station.
Cypress Waters Station is located next to the master-planned development of the same name. Featuring retail, office and multifamily space -- all centered around a 300-acre lake -- Cypress Waters is a vibrant waterfront community. Inspired by this serene setting, the station design uses shades of blue and movement patterns to evoke water and reflect the surroundings. The design also derives inspiration from the area’s wide-open feel, as there is a sense of wind, water and light around it.
In centering around water and wind elements, the advisory committee hoped to achieve a timeless design that will leave riders with a positive, calming impression. For even more peace and tranquility, riders will be able to connect to the nearby Cypress Waters Trail, as well as the regional Veloweb, a network of hike and bike trails.
At UT Dallas Station, the inspiration came from the university itself -- its beautiful tree-lined walkways, its state-of-the-art research facilities, its environmentally-conscious building construction and its vibrant and diverse student body.
The artistic value statements that result from the community brainstorming and workshop process shape the individual art project’s goals. For example, at UT Dallas Station, the community wanted the station to serve as an impressive gateway to the university.
That gateway is also the crown jewel of the station -- a larger-than-life version of the UTD logo. Standing more than eight feet tall, it will light up the campus at night as it sits perched on a riser in front of the station. The platform design will feature limestone and metal columns adorned with UTD logos, and station fencing will also display the university’s logo.
Since the station’s advisory committee wanted to acknowledge the university’s past, the design will incorporate inspirational quotes from notable UT Dallas alumni. These quotations will serve as words of wisdom to the next generation of UTD students.
Looking at the project in totality, UT Dallas Station will be a vibrant hub connecting riders to the campus, nearby apartments and restaurants, DART bus service, as well as the regional Veloweb for cyclists and pedestrians.
These projects don’t happen overnight, of course. At each station, the finished artwork represents a thoughtful and collaborative creative process that establishes what’s important to the community and includes site tours, workshops, brainstorms and more. Informed by this process, the station artist can then faithfully tell the community’s unique story through art. In that way, each station is designed to truly reflect the community it serves. The artist can leave their signature on a station in many ways, such as platform paving, column cladding and more. Each element must be more than artistic, though -- it must serve a purpose and benefit the rider experience.
Cypress Waters and UT Dallas stations are just two examples of the station art along the Silver Line. Follow this link to study the artistic values statements and see renderings for each of the stations along the corridor.