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BLE JW Clay Station

Artist Jackie Chang looked to the influence of JW Clay, the geographer and traveler for whom the boulevard is named, when designing the station art elements. The artist is fond of blending text and images in her work, so for this station she decided to incorporate the words ‘Here’ and ‘There’.  For the artist, here signifies one’s current location and there indicates a horizon, a distinction summarized by laying the word ‘Here’ in the pavement and printing ‘There’ in windscreens above horizon lines of North Carolina landscapes. She developed her ideas for both the University City Boulevard Station and the JW Clay Station, which bookend the University City area, as a CATS Artist-in-Residence at McColl Center for Visual Art during the summer of 2012. 

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‘There’ appears on the glass of the windscreens and suggests distance when juxtaposed with North Carolina vistas – the Piedmont, Blue Ridge Mountains and Atlantic Ocean – showing prominent horizon lines in each image. The imagery will be digitally printed on a PVB interlayer laminated between sheets of glass. The metal column cladding for the canopies will have a brushed aluminum finish.

While in residence in Charlotte, Chang repeatedly observed the compass rose: at the Queen Charlotte sculptural fountain at the airport, the UNC Charlotte student union plaza, and the logo of the University Place shopping complex, to name a few. She borrowed the symbol for her designs, choosing to insert it in a plan for a platform inlay, a 29’x14’ area that will repeat beneath all three canopies. ‘HERE’ will be inlaid into a reddish brown concrete along with a section of a contour map of Charlotte, an homage to geographer JW Clay. The inlays will be laser cut from ¼” thick stainless steel plate and thread plates will be used for the letters of ‘HERE’ and large arrows of the compass rose.
Artist Bio

Jackie Chang is most inspired by the human experience and often addresses contemporary issues and concerns in her work. In her public art projects, Chang frequently combines words and images that encourage audiences to reflect on their humanity. CATS sponsored Jackie Chang’s residency at McColl Center for Visual Art to provide her with access to the greater Charlotte community as she developed her concepts for two Blue Line Extension stations. Chang has completed a number of permanent and temporary art installations, exhibited widely, and received grants and recognition for her art throughout the US. Chang earned her MFA at the school of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BS in environmental design at the University of California, Davis.