Artist: Vicki Meek
Hatcher StationLocation: Hatcher Street and Scyene Road
This art project attempts to recover a neighborhood's lost history and tie it to the present. Artist Vicki Meek had the vision of a community quilt and carried this vision throughout her design.
The landscaping and paving both use a quilted look, with the latter featuring offset gray pavers to create the appearance of stitching. The crosswalk pavers showcase the names of businesses that once thrived in the area, another nod to the community's history.
Meek took old plats of the area and represented them on the square-shaped columns. The bottom of the columns uses blue tiles to represent water, a reference to Wahoo Lake, the natural body of water that once existed on the land where the station now sits.
The crown jewel of the station, however, is a student art project. Meek worked with young area art students on a two-part exercise to paint a then-and-now picture of the neighborhood. For the first part, the students interviewed an elder to find out what the neighborhood was like when the elder was a kid. They then used this information to draw a representation of the historical neighborhood. The second part asked the students to think back to their earliest memories and similarly draw representations of what the neighborhood was like when they were kids.
Meek received an overwhelming response from the community and used all of the submissions she received! To give each submission its due, Meek took the student work and collaged it into an art wall, again continuing the idea of a community quilt.
See this ambitious project for yourself. Take a ride to Hatcher Station and witness the true fabric of the South Dallas community.