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Jackie Chang's projects have blended images and words to inspire audiences to reflect on their humanity.​ For the University City Boulevard Station, Chang chose to use the word ‘Where’ in the windscreens, and ‘Here’ in the platform paving. She chose to highlight the word ‘Where’ because of its abstract nature, belonging to the past and to the future. In a July 2012 interview with the Charlotte Observer, Chang stated that, "the city is looking into the future, but it's also taking the past with it." 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 the McColl Center for Visual Art during the summer of 2012. ​​

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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, inserting 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. The inlays will be laser cut from ¼” thick stainless steel plates and thread plates will be used for the letters of ‘HERE’ and the large arrows of the compass rose. Chang 2.jpg

The imagery on the windscreen glass juxtaposes the word ‘Where’ with vague images of foliage as it meets the sky, and 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.

 
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 inspire 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.