Vines and Butterflies

Submitted by Dixie Friend

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Client: Houston METRO

Location: Houston, Texas, United States

Completion date: 2013

Artwork budget: $131,000

Project Team

Artist

Dixie Friend

Art Consultant

Sara Kellner

Kellner Consulting

Industry Resource

RdlR

RdlR

Overview

Butterflies was designed for Houston's METRO North Line, Boundary Station, it has 19 glass panels, each measuring 5'5″ tall and 2'-9 5/8″ wide. Vines was designed for Houston's METRO North Line Burnett Station it has 18 glass panels, each measuring 5'5″ tall and 2'-9 5/8″ wide. The paving for both stations is of Lithocrete Glass.

Goals

I drew from a community visioning program, requesting natural imagery addressing the flora and fauna in the area. With Butterflies these split station windscreens have over sized images of butterflies flowing across the windscreens, creating a relationship between the panels, all the butterflies are native to the neighborhood. With Vines since this is an elevated station and not shaded by trees, the windscreens are shaded to filter the strong light. The station overlooks the railroad tracks and the Houston skyline. Images of native vines in bloom, echo the railroad tracks and the coming together of the bus, rail and streets.

Process

Worked with Houston METRO to determine project needs. Consulted with RdlA Architects, Inc. on windscreen considerations and development. Coordinated with Kellner Consulting for community input.