Two years ago 6th grade students at Renaissance Academy at Fisher in Alum Rock, San Jose explored community identity in patterns. They created radial pattern designs on paper and photographed their community using single use cameras. The photos were used as source images in pattern explorations as the students used the software Repper. The resulting patterns (both paper and digital), along with their written statements, were submitted to the local transit agency (VTA) and to the San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs for review and a handful of the designs were selected to be integrated into the hardscaping of a transit improvement project at Tully and 101.
Below are photos of concrete lane dividers. Large laser cut steel "entry pillars" will also be installed at the entrance of the pedestrian/bike freeway overpass. These pillars also integrate a collection of student designs.
Here are past posts related to this project: test formliners and Student Pattern Reflections on Community and Student Patterns for Freeway.