Life evolving behind the lens

Unexpected Art: Light Rail Edition 5

My, time flies when you’re in the throes of wedding plans! Now that I am married and am not devoting absurd amounts of free time toward that sort of party planning, I can get back to work on my photo blog! Trust me. I’ve missed keeping up with this, especially when there is still a lot to share. We’ll start off with the next installment of light rail station art. This group centers on the stations in what I call the service corridor. Between Minneapolis proper and the first ring suburb of Bloomington, there’s an area that has a St. Paul address but is not really considered part of that city. This area encompasses the VA Medical Center, Fort Snelling and the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (or MSP for the locals/airport savvy/lazy folks out there; I fall into all three of those categories). We’ll start off with the VA and Fort Snelling stations. In truth, these stations are rather similar in appearance. The architectural styles have a lot in common, from materials and lines to colors and themes. These places are located near sacred Indian lands and borrow from the aesthetics of the Dakota tribes that inhabited the area prior to the arrival of white settlers in the region.

looking northward on the platform
American Indian patterns rendered in brick
VA Medical Center Station shelter roof shape
Fort Snelling shelter roof shape
American Indian patterns in brick, Part 2
metal and glass work
old meets new

After visiting those stations, it’s time to go underground to the first airpost station: Terminal 1-Lindbergh. While we all debate for whom the terminal was named (most say the aviator; I’ve heard around that it was named for his father), let’s take a look at the station art and design. The Lindbergh terminal leans more toward the technological side of flight, with clean lines and rounded wings dominating the aesthetic.

dragonfly patterns on the floor
inner wings
The wings do face west-ish
from the escalators
flirting with perfect parallels

And on the way to the Lindbergh Terminal? A preview of Minnesota life from all its borders and corners.

sample the collages
development and variations

The Humphrey Terminal is more nature-focused, partly because it’s not underground and does allow for some wildlife to be seen. The real wildlife adventures will be discussed in the final installment of this series. The overall structure of the Humphrey Station is pretty generic, but if you look up you can find some cool mounted sculptures. Have a look!

the dragonfly getting airtime
propeller vision in a rustic hue
because new life must travel before growth
wanna be birdlike

The last leg of this trip will take us to Bloomington, where the stations take on a slightly different character. Like all the stations, though, they contain nods to their surroundings and showcase art where you least expect it.


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