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Artist Creates Designs for New DART Station

Posted by Cassie Clark on www.neighborsgo.com.

IRVING – A White Rock resident will soon be making the public transportation scene a little easier on the eyes.

Marty Ray, an art instructor at North Lake College, has been tapped to help design a station for Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s Orange Line Rail, which is scheduled to run through Irving by 2013.

“It’s very exciting,” Ray said. “When I was first asked to do it, I had to know more about the project.”

Ray will lend her artistic talent to one of six stations along the line by turning the station’s columns, windscreens and other structural elements into works of art.

Other local artists will design the remaining five stations at Las Colinas, University of Dallas, North Lake College, Belt Line Road and the Irving Convention Center.

“Each station is different depending on how that artist interprets the local community,” said Brad Goldberg, a DART consultant and lead artist in the Orange Line station design project.

Ray’s station is located at Hackberry Creek Ranch, just south of Highway 114 along Meadow Creek Drive. The ranch was formerly inhabited by the founder of the Las Colinas community, Ben Carpenter and his family. In the early 1900s, the ranch sprawled over more than 6,000 acres and was home to natural creeks and grazing cattle.

Ray said she worked closely with a committee made up of Irving community members and officials to come up with a design that captured the spirit of the Carpenter Ranch. Her design will include relief sculptures depicting cattle, horsemen, rolling hills, creeks and native wildlife.

DART gave the green light for Ray’s design earlier this month, and construction of the relief sculptures is set to begin at the end of the year. Ray will create a mold of the designs, then hand them off to a contractor who will make the final cuts into the stone.

The Carpenter Ranch station is set to be complete by 2011. The Orange Line will connect the future Bachman Station in northwest Dallas to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. 



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