Metro Station -- NoMa–Gallaudet U station on New York Avenue:
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- METNY_090322_10.JPG: Journeys
with your heels,
to the sound
of the road
in what passes
wrong and right:
Dolores Kendrick (c) 2002
- Description of Subject Matter: NoMa-Gallaudet U
Integrated into the fence in the front of the station and at the station entrance plaza.
Barbara Grygutis and Dolores Kendrick
Aluminum, light, steel
27.5' h x 6' w
Journeys is a collaboration with Dolores Kendrick, Poet Laureate of Washington D.C. Her poetry enriches the pedestrian experience. The integration of words into the artwork contributes to the multi-layered, richly textured public space. The leaf is illuminated from within at night, providing a beacon of light at the entrance to the station.
Through her work as an artist, Barbara Grygutis creates public spaces that enhance the built environment, enable civic interaction, and reveal unspoken relationships between nature and humanity. She engages the public through her works of art by identifying themes meaningful to each specific site and community.
Poet Dolores Kendrick was born and raised in Washington DC. In 1999, she was appointed Poet Laureate of the District of Columbia. The National Visionary Leadership Project has honored her contributions to art and public life, and in 2002 a celebration of Kendrick's work was staged at the Kennedy Center. Kendrick worked for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, developing programs for high school and college students, and for established and emerging poets. Her poetry appears as part of the Epoch sculpture in downtown Washington, and with the Journeys sculpture in the NoMa-Gallaudet University Metro Station.
Ms. Kendrick passed away in 2017.
The above was from https://www.wmata.com/initiatives/art-in-transit/ait-noma-journeys.cfm
- Wikipedia Description: NoMa–Gallaudet U station
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NoMa–Gallaudet U is an elevated, island platformed station on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's (WMATA) Metro system. It is located on the same embankment as the Amtrak tracks into Union Station. It serves the Red Line, and is situated between Union Station and Rhode Island Avenue–Brentwood stations. NoMa–Gallaudet U is located near the intersection of New York Avenue and Florida Avenue in Northeast Washington, D.C. The station is within the NoMa neighborhood, which is both residential and commercial, and the station itself is in a commercial district on Florida Avenue. The station opened under the name New York Ave–Florida Ave–Gallaudet U on November 20, 2004, as both the system's first infill station and as the first to be built with a mix of public and private funds. Additionally, a portion of the Metropolitan Branch Trail was completed as part of its construction.
The station was not originally built with the rest of the Red Line; the segment of the Red Line containing the site of this station opened in 1976. By 1996, however, the idea of a Metro station at New York Avenue was being proposed as part of greater improvements of New York Avenue between Downtown Washington at the Maryland state line. In February 1999, the major property owners in the vicinity of the proposed station agreed in principle to contribute approximately $25 million in private financing for the project. The money would be collected from all commercial property owners within .5-mile (0.80 km) radius of the proposed station by being charged special tax assessments. With an estimated cost of $84 million to complete in October 2000, the federal government approved $25 million for its construction. The remaining costs would be split with $34 million coming from the District and $25 million coming from special tax assessments for the surrounding commercial properties. With funding secured, physical construction could commence.
The groundbreaking for the station occurred on December 16, 2000, with Washington mayor Anthony A. Williams and D.C.'s Congressional Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton present for the festivities. In May 2002, Metro awarded a design-build contract to the joint venture of Lane Construction/Slattery/Skanska for the design and construction of the station. Since it was constructed along an existing line, its construction resulted in some delay for trains traveling on the Red Line during the construction of a double crossover switch. While still under construction in January 2004, the station name was changed from New York Ave to New York Ave–Florida Ave–Gallaudet U. The change was made to reflect its location near both Florida Avenue and Gallaudet University.
On November 20, 2004, the station opened as the 84th station, and first infill station, on the Metro system. The final cost was $103.7 million with the federal government and private land owners each contributing $25 million and the D.C. government contributing $53.7 million. Its construction has served as a catalyst for new development and redevelopment of the NoMa neighborhood. The station was renamed to NoMa–Gallaudet U on November 3, 2011, and formally christened with the new name on June 13, 2012. ...
The station is notable for its artistic elements incorporated into the station design as part of MetroArts, Metro's Art in Transit Program.
Created by sculptor Barbara Grygutis, The 2nd Street entrance contains a 27-foot (8.2 m) tall aluminum sculpture of a leaf from a scarlet oak. On each side of the sculpture is a poem entitled "Journeys" composed by Dolores Kendrick, Washington's poet laureate. The poem reads: "Go slowly in taking the steps, and fast when counting stars." Grygutis also created the 500-foot (150 m) steel fence outside the station studded with glass leaves of various hues. Its design was inspired by Washington's dense tree canopy in addition to the scarlet oak being the official tree of the District.
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