San Diego State University Transit Center, San Diego Trolley Green Line, 2005
Commissioned by the Metropolitan Transit System, San Diego, CA
As a member of the design team, with Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership and Estrada Land Planning, I collaborated on many elements of the station’s design and incorporated several distinct art components, as follows:
Universal Symbols in Aztec Green at the station’s entrance
The life of the mind engages in symbols. The circle, square, equidistant cross, triangle and spiral are universal symbols found in diverse areas of study. These primary forms also serve as unique seating areas.
A total of 45 botanical images were etched into the terraced seating areas of Aztec Green.
Etched into the surfaces of 60 granite "stepping stones" are symbols of various cultural and academic disciplines found on the SDSU campus. The granite stones interrupt and redirect the linear flow of bricks around them, just as ideas impact the surrounding intellectual and cultural environments.
For an underground station, a recollection of roots, whose delicate geometries hint at the rich environment for growth found on the university campus above. They measure approximately 18' x 6.5' x 6.5'.
The suspended ceiling was conceived of as a transparent boundary between above and below ground. The curvilinear flow of a neon light tracing the partially hidden contours of an upper ceiling echoes the stream-based imagery of the platform below. A steel grillwork covering clerestory windows recapitulates the spiral motif in Aztec Green.