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Friday Video: Transbay Transit Center's Floor Blooms With Art

By Chirag Rabari

When the Transbay Transit Center (now officially known as the Salesforce Transit Center) opens in downtown San Francisco, travelers will have a myriad of transit options at this “Grand Central Terminal” for the West. As a bonus, public art projects from four different artists will provide a visual feast for the eyes. The above video from MTC's Mark Jones features San Francisco-based Julie Chang, who designed the terrazzo floor for the Grand Hall.

As described on MTC's website:

The terrazzo floor of the Grand Hall will welcome visitors into a warm and inviting environment that evokes a lush sunlit Victorian garden. Mined from local ecology, design elements include California poppies and jewel-toned hummingbirds highlighted by mirrored glass. Integrated into the design is a subtle overlay of icons and patterns, which are drawn from the rich tapestry of people and cultures across the Bay Area: flower-like circular rings from an Indian sari, cloud-like curves inspired by Chinese embroidery, Japanese crests, diamonds and chevrons found in a variety of sources including African textiles and Grecian pottery, and star and cross motifs from Islamic tiles.

Spanning three city blocks and designed to serve 11 transit systems, the expansive bus-rail hub is overseen by the Transbay Joint Powers Authority, whose Public Art Program includes three other commissioned artworks that also merge seamlessly with the grand and elegant architecture of the Transit Center, highlighting its elegance, sophistication and timelessness.