A City of Optimists
Mosaics, painted railing and benches, laminated windscreen glass, passenger shelter columns
Dowell found the early state of the future station location along Brevard Street invigorating; an isolated plot in proximity to a large rail yard and various industrial properties, juxtaposed with the growing development of the nearby NoDA art district. Her art interprets the vibrancy of a developing city.
Dowell, a painter with a distinct color palette, used mandarin, kiwi, teal, and gray mosaic tiles, each 2" square, to embellish 400 running feet of wall along the switchback ramps and stairs leading up to the raised station platform. Five mosaics are on the south ramp and five on the north ramp – mirroring each other. The sizes range from 7 foot square to 13' by 21'. The two smallest mosaics are one and a half feet wide and six feet high. Dowell carefully planned where the ramp walls would be punctuated by her mosaics. Three colors extend upward onto sections of standard fencing above her mosaics, engaging riders as they approach the platform.