- Visual Communications
Washington Park Station, the deepest transit station in North America, opened in 1996, but the original concept for color-coded tunnels was not fully realized – until now. As part of a station rehabilitation, Mayer/Reed brought this vision to life with vibrant 200 ft long murals that celebrate the many attractions in the park above. Striking watercolors wash the tunnel walls with the eastbound sunrise and westbound sunset color schemes to bring warmth and intuitive wayfinding to the subterranean station. The murals’ vertical striations align with original ceiling ribs to highlight the tunnel’s curves. Richly detailed illustrations are filled with hidden patterns, critters and surprises for visitors to discover.