Burien Transit Center
Designed by Via Architecture, the King County Metro Transit Center in Burien, Washington was completed in 2009. King County Program Artist Julie Berger composed a group of elements titled "Forest Illumination”. The art component of the project consisted of a site specific sculpture to be and graphics applied to glass ceiling and wall panels.
Berger’s vision for the graphics applied to the overhead panes was to recreate a sense of walking through forest for commuters at the transit center. In the forest, the light is dappled. Moving through the forest beneath branches and needles creates a stochastic strobing experience. "Berger wished to introduce the experience of nature to this urban site, and conceived the glass frit design for the transit center's canopy and bus screen panels as dappled light filtering through the forest foliage". (source)
Julie hired me as graphic designer. We collaborated on the creation of graphics applied to the glass panels installed in the structures.
We began with Julie Berger’s drawings hand drawings, using her shapes as a general structure. We populated the shapes with raster images of northwest forest flora. Below is a raster file image in process.
Images were halftoned carefully in order to accommodate the particle size of ceramic frit but retain legibility. This required a low halftone frequency - 12 lpi. Frit is viscous stuff.