Art in Transit: Spring Hill
West entrance pavilion plaza.
Stainless steel, concrete
This large iconic columnar sculpture and plaza demarcate the Spring Hill Road Station along WMATA's Metro Silver Line. The sculptural form displays shifting moiré patterns as the viewer moves about the piece - from pedestrians at ground level and above on the train platform, to vehicles and bicyclists passing at varying speeds. The plaza includes an offset concentric ring design in two shades of concrete with poetry by previous Poet Laureate of Virginia, Lee Pelham Cotton, in aluminum within the concrete. In the evening, the pillar is illuminated to create a peacemaking feature around the clock.
Through her work as an artist, Barbara Grygutis creates public spaces that enhance the built environment, enable civic interaction, and reveal unspoken relationships between nature and humanity. She engages the public through her works of art by identifying themes meaningful to each specific site and community.