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BLE Parkwood Station

Maria Artemis is interested in what is unknown about the places that are most familiar to us. Her visual exploration of the geology below the surface of her site is an invitation to wonder at the dynamic systems of the planet that sustain us as they manifest locally.

The station platform and adjacent park landscape become a physical and visual narrative referencing local geology, plate tectonics and water’s role in fossil and gold formation. The physical, tactile presence of boulder benches in the landscape and on the platform embodies these past geological events and joins the two sites. Through the richness of physical and visual elements, her work encourages the station users to seek knowledge beyond their initial experience.

 
 Elevation view of windscreens and plan view of platform paving pattern
 
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Station Platform
The geological themes expressed throughout the station platform exist in both obvious and discreet ways. While the windscreen glass will include colorful maps of the Carolinas at different points over the last 500 million years, the platform surface will be inset with curved lines of local stone aggregate, granite with blue glass on the northbound and gold glass on the southbound. As if on an archaeological dig, visitors will walk atop inset arcs stamped with the image of a pre-Cambrian fossil found in North Carolina.

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Landscape
To design the landscape for the triangular park, Artemis replicated an important intersection that runs just beneath its surface. The Charlotte area is divided geologically into two different areas: the Charlotte Belt, which lies beneath the center of the city, and, to the east, the Carolina Slate Belt. The boundary between the two belts runs in a northeastern direction and the grass covered path crossing the park will mark the same directional orientation. Local stone from each belt will sit intermittently along both edges of the path, echoing in miniature the boundary between the two geological areas. 
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Artist Bio

Maria Artemis holds an MS Degree from Georgia Institute of Technology, College of Architecture, an MFA from the University of Georgia, and a BA in psychology from Agnes Scott College. She is an award winning artist who has completed numerous public art projects, including a General Services Administration Art-in-Architecture commission at the center for disease control and prevention in Chamblee, Georgia. Most recently, she was commissioned to design a plaza with a stainless steel sculptural element for the University of Minnesota Biomedical Discovery District in Minneapolis.