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Art's a Trip. Free Metro Rail Tour

Vermont/Beverly Station

1999
George Stone,
artist
Anil Verma Associates, Inc.,
architects

This artist/architect team-designed station emphasizes and celebrates the appeal of both classical architecture and nature. Glass-clad columns with shaped metal capitals provide stark contrast to the beauty of natural-looking rock formations found at all levels of the station, including the entrance area. Through their design, the artist and architect invite passengers to question their relationship to the environment and technology.

Artist George Stone designed the rock formations based on the actual geology of this location. During the collaborative process, both artist and architect enthusiastically embraced the concept of inserting seemingly natural rocks within the contours of the traditionally designed station “box.” The unusual sculptures provide multiple levels of meaning. For example, their authenticity reminds riders that the station exists within a natural geological setting while their artificiality recalls illusory theatrical props used in the movie industry as well as the area’s numerous theme parks.

“Our mutually respectful differences in approach and aesthetic interests became the strength of our collaborative efforts. What resulted as a synthesis of our differences is a juxtaposition of nature—the earth strata— to the epitome of civilization—the architectural structure.” George Stone

“The Team carefully coordinated the location, massing and shape of the rockwork to maximize the power of nature over the man-made environment, and to portray the contrast between the classic and the primal, the sleek, high-tech functional space of the subway and the raw earthy mass it displaces.” Anil Verma