Built 1998. Project Description: Project artists designed numerous elements of this transit station from the falling cherry blossom pattern in the brick work of several surrounding station buildings to the text sandblasted in the benches that contain literary references and to word puzzles located under the transit shelters. All of the elements work well together providing a comfortable and engaging rider experience. Cast concrete furniture is clustered in groups. Literary references are sandblasted onto the backs of the chairs and on tabletops. Word scramble puzzles under the three shelters contain names of authors and characters from children's books. Letters from the world's alphabets are randomly scattered in seven locations along the bus and light rail platforms. Project History: The Portland Tri-Met light rail system gained approval to expand 18 miles to Portland's Westside in 1992. The Westside MAX (Metropolitan Area Express) public art program is one of the country's most ambitious efforts to integrate the vision of artists into public transit. Over 20 artists contributed significantly to the design of the largest public works project in Oregon's history. The art program was a voluntary effort of Tri-Met (Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon), the Portland area transit agency that built Westside MAX with a mix of federal and local funds. Tri-Met did not fall under any jurisdictions for percent for art mandates. However, thanks to Tom Walsh (Tri-Met's general manager), Eloise MacMurray (the regional Arts and Culture Council's public art director) and Tuck Wilson (Westside MAX project director), the program received a $2 million budget, which facilitated the appointment of an art advisory committee and the hiring of administrators.