Stainless steel decorative
fences at the Kostner subway station (Blue Line.)
Transformation and growth are two concepts that inspired
this project. "Seeds of the Future" depicts
a transformational journey as the community reinvents
itself and invests in the future. The design stresses
the many ideas of connections in commuting and in states
Two youthful figures illustrate the renewal and strengh
of the community: a girl watering houses and a running
boy with a bucket of star seeds. This figures suggest
recent developement in education and housing programs
in the community. In the four corners of the central
panel, quilt patterns, monkey wrenches and wagon wheels
icons recall the physical and mental journeys of transformation
in the rich African-American heritage of the underground
In the sky above, seven commuting birds symbolize hope
and peace. Stars brightly represent the seeds of the
future; they can be found on earth as well as in the
sky. Trees of life on the side panels grow from books
on which you can read the magic words "plant dreams."
Each line of the drawing depicts the connection between
Kostner and downtown Chicago. In the central panel on
each sides of the subway entrance, the boy dynamically
moves forward.On each side cutout panels echo Chicago's
architecture found in the skyline of the central panel.
The west entrance (main entrance) is framed by two additional
Changing light animates "Seeds of the Future"
in all seasons.