DART Art: University of Dallas Station artwork celebrates the university’s 50-year history

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University of Dallas Station is conveniently located north of the University of Dallas campus and north of SH 114. Access to the campus is available via a pedestrian walkway located northwest of the platform. University of Dallas Station is served by DART Rail Orange Line trains. The artwork at University of Dallas Station was created by longtime University of Dallas professor Lyle Novinski.

“The design of the University of Dallas Station is an opportunity to celebrate the university and its 50-year history in Irving. We have sought to establish a connection between the stop and the location through the use of simple brick columns, large metal paintings of the four elements, planted dry-stack stone-bordered landscape areas and ivy-planted walls,” he said.

Learn more about the specific design elements of the Orange Line station.

Columns: The columns give a nod to the campus’ architecture. The brick color and “zipper brick” corner detail used in the station columns echoes the design architect O’Neil Ford used for the university’s well-known bell tower – Braniff Memorial Tower – and other campus buildings. Ford, a leading architect of the American Southwest who favored straightforward ornamentation, developed the unique “zipper brick” detail to express building corners.

Paving: The paving pattern reflects that of the university’s central plaza, which is designed with a field of pavers broken by bands of darker pavers.

Landscape: Stone seat walls create planting areas adjacent to the platform for gathering and shaded seating. The stone size and type matches the existing campus walls. Plant selection and arrangement reflects the native environment as well as the campus palette.

Windscreens: The windscreens serve the joint purpose of paying homage to Ford’s fondness for expressive accents and recognizing the timeless atmosphere of intellectual inquiry that the university represents.

Elemental Portraits: The pedestrian plaza area features four commissioned art pieces designed by the station artist and his son David Novinski. Each represents one of the four natural elements: Earth, wind, fire and water. Novinski said the panels capture “our human instinct to understand the world around us, as well as the elemental ruggedness of the university’s setting.”

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