Location: Hazel Avenue Light Rail Station
12500 Folsom Blvd., Rancho Cordova, CA
Funded by: Sacramento Regional Transit District
Architects: Acanthus Studio, Inc.
Contractor: J.F. Otto, Inc.
Media: concrete, stone, ceramic tile, landscaping
Dimensions: approx. 100 feet x 40 feet
Date completed: 2005
Transitions, a public artwork designed for the Hazel light rail
station along the corridor between Sacramento and Folsom, is an
abstraction of the American River canyon, with sloping mountain
walls, a variety of trees, granite boulders, and inlaid ceramic
tiles. Straight linear walkways intersect and lead across platform
and plaza areas. These intersections and landscape plantings
create angled geometric forms interacting with playful tile water
patterns rippling from the waterfalls “spilling” into the plaza.
The overall environment created is based upon a microcosm of the
river canyon as it opens up to the valley. Encompassed are themes
of change in landforms, movement of water, and human activity.
The wilderness plays contrast to the commuter march.
Visual impact from vertical forms, color and texture can be seen
from all directions. In the morning, on their way to the light rail,
people walk between stone portals, marking the shift from personal
time to work time. At the end of the day, exiting the train, a relaxed
setting welcomes the transition from work back to personal time.
A meandering walk across the suggestion of rippling water through
a rock garden landscape evokes a sense of relaxation and
appreciation of natural surroundings. The transitions from mountain
to valley, work to play flow in the cycle of daily life.