Here are some of the comments made during the September 30, 2009 discussion on the Takoma Metro Station Public Art Project Public Meeting, Takoma Educational Center, 7010 Piney Branch Road, NW

- The artists should ride the Metro and look at the site from the platform on down the escalators

- Just do what you do, ignore what people say tonight. That same speaker talked about the trolley car that connected Takoma (4th Street) to Sligo Creek, and was a key part of the area's transit system

- Consider that Takoma was D.C.'s first railroad suburb. That same speaker rejected the idea of simply putting a piece of sculpture at the site

- Another noted that the original train station was across the street from the current Metro Station.

- This project should help tie the 4th Street retail area to the other side of the station (Maryland)

- Look at the colors and sculptural elements of the surrounding buildings -- Elevation 314, and others, and use them in your design

- One of the five finalists said that the tunnel's concrete walls should be sandblasted and cleaned. Also, it's important to look at the site from above

- Better lighting fixtures would make a huge difference and need to be incorporated into any design.

- This is an opportunity to enliven the entire space and make it "light filled."

- Please use your design to make us feel that we are "coming home" and coming to a "green" place

- "Green" means a lot to people who live here. Street names are flowers and trees, and green spaces are treasured. Takoma Park, Maryland is known as "The Azaela City."

- Takoma is a "progressive, forward-thinking, environmentally conscious community."

- "Green" is a theme to consider, as well as the international make-up of our residents

- Bring the strong sense of place and color to our site, similar to what the landmark artist, Antoni Gaudi, brought to Barcelona, Spain. For example, Gaudi had trees "growing" out of walls.

- The Metro Station divides communities that have two different looks. The Maryland side is greener. The DC side has more of a "brick" feel.

- It's depressing coming down the elevator to the street.

- Give the space a contemporary feel.

- The site should sparkle.

- The art should be easy to maintain.

- Look "forward." Do not focus on the Folk Festival or the 4th of July Parade.

- The art should be part of a "wayfinding." The art could also be oriented to the ground as well as to the walls.

- The Takoma Metro Station is primarily a commuter station (used by nonresidents)

- The Takoma Metro Station is not a commuter station (a high percentage of riders live within one mile).

- The artists should look at the "totality" of the community- both forward and back.

- The artists should do something that they enjoy and something that shames the CSX Railroad for refusing to cooperate.

- The five finalists are a very impressive group of artists, and almost any project they propose will be excellent. The site is a "dark hole going down." The project should bring light to the site.

- People should have the sense of "a homecoming" when they see the art each day.

- People come out of the station and get lost, and have no sense of where they are.

- The artists should think differently.

- Art that incorporates lighting, and puts mirrored and shimmering elements into the tunnel is needed

- Structure and texture are key

- Glitter, shine and reflecting materials will help. People feel unsafe in the tunnel at night.

- Light can change how you feel.

- One finalist artist: The community should start working to get better lighting in the tunnel, on the site, and on the nearby streets.

- Another finalist artist: Managing the water runoff on the site is also an issue. The art will have to be mounted several inches away from the wall so that water runs behind it.

-- Is there a way that the art can make people feel warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer when they come out the trains?

-- Can the art change when the light changes during different times of the day?

- Go the other way, not what has already been done.

- Think about the concept of water in the design.

- Please give us a really fine work of art that is world class.