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A Subtle Trip

Client: Art in Transit - Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

Location: Alexandria, VA, United States

Completion date: 2023

Project Team


Rob Ley

Rob Ley Studio


Ignition Arts


These distinct forms and colors create an identity for each of the pavilions while giving character to each area. The composition of these artworks took influence from local wildflowers and iconic flora of the Potomac River region. Virginia bluebells have a conical form, which is reflected in the South Pavilion’s circular parts. The artworks are based on a halftone pattern methodology, which uses dots that vary in size and spacing to generate a gradient effect. With halftone images, the human eye interprets the patterned areas as if they were smooth tones. This artwork is designed to prompt similar moments of optical illusions for users who encounter the artwork each day from varying angles and perspectives.


Architectural integration was a consistent goal of this project, and the artists worked hand in hand with the architects and contractors to create art facades that seamlessly merge with the Metro station.