Transit Planning
BLE McCullough Station

​Station artist Shaun Cassidy abstracts the familiar and creates art that is interpreted and experienced differently by each viewer. Basic curving lines and the use of a singular intense color can be connected to one’s visceral experience of air, light, water, or shadows; although movement is implied, it is frozen in time. 

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The first visual translation of this motion will appear on the ramp leading to the platform, where the artist has designed a series of waving lines that will be scored into the concrete.

​The large glass windscreens include a combination of the image of leaves and the characteristics and movement of water and fabric. These subtle, etched lines and overlapping leaves create a visual link to the fabric and ceiling imagery in the light rail vehicles, also designed by Cassidy.


A similar pattern will emerge in the trackway barrier fencing where the artist will provide sixteen custom fence sections to replace the CATS standard. Large panels will be laser cut to repeat the station’s signature curves and, when installed, will create a long, rhythmic wave along both sides of the station separating the rail tracks from the N. Tryon Street Traffic.  

leaf bench shadow example detail.jpgThe six canopy columns will be clad in metal in different shades of blue with the interior aluminum color showing through the exterior. The color blue will also appear in two sculptural seating units, formed into the shape of standing leaves, which will replace two standard benches on the platform. The seats and back rests will be laser cut to mimic leaf veins, a design choice that will function to reduce heat buildup and allow drainage but also allow light to pass through and create interesting, ephemeral shadows.


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​Artist Bio

Shaun Cassidy abstracts the familiar and creates art that is interpreted and experienced differently by each viewer. He is a professor of sculpture at Winthrop University. In addition to an extensive exhibition record, Cassidy has created numerous works of permanent and temporary public art throughout the US and abroad. For the CATS Blue Line, he transformed the fencing at ten light rail stations and designed the art for the ceilings and seating of the light rail trains. Cassidy earned his MVA at the University of Alberta, Canada, and earned a BA with honors from Norwich school of art in the UK, also serving as studio assistant to Sir Anthony Caro.