Transit Planning
BLE Tom Hunter Station

As both an artist and an educator, Tom Stanley finds that the best ideas can be generated by young people, whose energy and intuitive approach to images and words can be refreshing, direct, and honest. Located nearby the station, the Hidden Valley Neighborhood Association helped steer Tom Stanley’s station art concept. Through working with staff and teachers at Martin Luther King Middle School and Hidden Valley Elementary School, Stanley formed a creative partnership resulting in the final designs for the project.

After learning about public art in their after school art club, Hidden Valley Elementary students worked with Stanley to develop silhouette ideas based on houses that they might have lived in or seen in the neighborhood. These images will be etched in the glass windscreens of each canopy. 


Houses will also appear in the eight fence inserts, which will stretch the vertical length of the fence and be filled with cutout abstract shapes, with their roof peaks ascending above the fence line to provide visual diversity.


The sixth graders in the Citizens Schools program at Martin Luther King Middle School developed words, phrases, and sentences that illustrate their concepts of home, place, and neighborhood. Stanley translated their narratives into poetry that will be laser cut into the metal column cladding on the platform.​ThisIsMyHome.jpg

On either side of the middle canopy on the single platform, two custom seating elements will be installed to replace standard benches. White limestone seating sections will be fitted between red bases and pyramidal tops.  
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Artist Bio

Tom Stanley is chair of the Department of Fine Art at Winthrop University and, in addition to teaching, exhibiting, and lecturing about art, has received numerous public art commissions, often collaborating with fellow artist Shaun Cassidy. Stanley earned his MFA in painting and his MA in applied art history from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. He also earned a BA in studio art from Belmont Abbey/Sacred Heart Colleges in Belmont, NC.