The canopies will be topped with finials, stacked with colored, powder coated, light gauge aluminum pieces shaped like traditional train signals. They are an assortment of railroad signals from various states and other countries, typically used in combination to give instruction: stop, caution, slow, proceed, clear, etc. While the artist's combination choices give no specific instruction, their purpose is to represent a broader railway vocabulary.
Chandra Cox is head of the department of art and design at NC State University. In addition to her exhibition and teaching credentials, Cox has received several public art commissions over the past decade. In Charlotte, her most notable projects are the Beatties Ford Road Metro Police Facility and CATS Rosa Parks Transit Center. Chandra earned her MFA from Ohio State University in Columbus and a BA from Hampton Institute in Hampton, VA. Cox’s architect and collaborator on this project is Susan Cole Cannon, also of Raleigh, NC.