Music is an important aspect of downtown; the design for this stop is a guitar. Notes on the strings are repeated in the brick work on the station.
This downtown design has historic transportation images with color bands that add a contemporary contrast--a mix of old and new. The trolley is a predecessor to MAX.
The station is near Fort Collins' largest cultural venue, the Lincoln Center. The windscreen includes a tree image in a dramatic red and black background with yellow brush strokes.
The bicycle wheel is chosen as a symbol for the student neighborhood and the transit setting. Loosely hand drawn, it has horizontal lines like crossbars in a large group of bicycles.
The art is inspired by the CSU rams horn and a pattern from network theory, taught in computer engineering and recently, biology. The art conveys the idea of generations of students and alumni.
The green plant drawing pays homage to the nearby CSU National Seed Bank and the CSU Experimental Gardens. Seeds are shown falling from a plant such as the endangered North Park Phacella.
The artwork is inspired by dot patterns used in forest analysis at the nearby Natural Resources Research Center. This scientific technique is called Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR); it scans for forest heights and densities.
The design marks the nearby presence of the CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Images of CT scans inspired the bluish scan band of the design.
The inspiration is simply the name of the station and the color of the station veneer. Two swallows are shown with raindrops and sweeping gestures.
Horsetooth Mountain and Reservoir are the subject of this layout. Its geometric lines emphasize light rays in the water and reflect the horizontal and vertical lines of the station.
The nearby ditch suggested a water theme. Waves are contrasted with geometric sheets like the glass windscreen itself. As with all the stations, the color of the veneer dictated the complementary colors for the art.
The windscreen includes historic photos of the surrounding area. Colorful apples in motion denote fleeting time as well as the heritage that continues to live in some ways.