Artist statement on LTD transit stations
Tallmadge Doyle is currently designing two public art projects for the Lane Transit District’s new West Eugene EmX transit system in Eugene, Oregon. The subject matter for both involves the flora and fauna of the 405-acre Willow Creek Preserve owned and operated by the Nature Conservancy.
Her design for the Willow Creek Driver Relief Station entails a 35-foot-long, 6-foot-high enclosure fence constructed of laser-cut aluminum. It features silhouettes of species specific to the adjacent Willow Creek Preserve.
The second part of the project will consist of laser-cut aluminum panels for transit station railings in Eugene’s Far West neighborhood. These panels also feature silhouettes of specific species from the Willow Creek nature preserve. These compositions will echo and expand upon forms and ideas the artist developed in her recent print series, “After the Storm.”
Tallmadge articulates her basic process: “I have begun by photographing, collecting and drawing species from the Willow Creek Preserve. I then begin the design phase for these projects by cutting shapes from black paper and constructing numerous collaged ‘sketches’ to arrange the flow and rhythm of the compositions. I take photos of each sketch and enlarge them up to 50 times their original size to get a sense of how the designs will function within the architecture where they will ultimately be installed.”
Construction of the station will be completed in the fall of 2016. More details to come!