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
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,
Road and the Irving Convention Center.
“Each station is different depending on how
that artist interprets the local community,” said Brad Goldberg, a DART
lead artist in the Orange Line station design
Ray’s station is located at Hackberry Creek
Ranch, just south of Highway 114 along Meadow Creek Drive. The ranch was
inhabited by the founder of the Las Colinas
community, Ben Carpenter and his family. In the early 1900s, the ranch
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
captured the spirit of the Carpenter Ranch.
Her design will include relief sculptures depicting cattle, horsemen,
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
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