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Public Art Projects: Lisbon, Texas: 150 Years

Below is pictured a 1995 finalist maquette for the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Authority's public art project at the Veteran's Administration Hospital light-rail station in the Lisbon neighborhood of Dallas, Texas.

The poem I wrote was to be engraved in the light-rail station platform's paving stones, and set within a 72"-diameter brass ring symbolizing the artesian well around which the neighborhood grew in the 1840's. A ripples-on-water effect was sought by juxtaposing two different typefaces: one light and thin, the other heavy and dense. When seen next to each other, the large non-geometeric areas of these two typefaces can be read as waves cutting diagonally across the horizontal bars of text and paving stones.

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