A-Round Oakland | BART Station

Submitted by Gordon Huether + Partners, Inc.

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Client: Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)

Location: Oakland, CA, United States

Completion date: 2014

Artwork budget: $300,000

Project Team

Artist

Gordon Huether

Architect

ED2 International

ED2 International

Client

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)

Overview

This installation's design is hip, active, engaging, fun, colorful, sophisticated, reflective and relevant to the diverse community that BART serves. Using vibrant colors and dichroic glass, the art glass discs loan themselves nicely to the transmission and refraction of color, light, pattern and shadow, all of which, add to the complexity of the installation and metaphorically speak to the multidimensional qualities of the community. The installation consists of 50 handmade, fused glass discs, ranging from 18” in diameter to 36” in diameter.

Goals

"A-Round Oakland" is a public glass art installation at the Coliseum Airport Connector BART station that is designed to engage the daily commuter, travelers departing or arriving at the Oakland International Airport, the occasional train rider and everyone in between. The multitude of colors captured within the fifty hand made glass discs activates and complements the space. Not only do the discs add color and movement to the glass walls, but the light passing through each work of art creates a secondary work of art projected onto the station's floors. The dynamic interplay of the glass discs and the shifting daylight creates a unique and welcoming environment, strengthening the purpose and function of this Bay Area Rapid Transit train station as a 'port' for the community.

Process

The artist collaborated closely with the Bay Area Rapid Transit Team and created a concept, which tells a story about movement, diversity, light and color, resonating with locals and visitors alike.