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A metal art piece on top of the new Hilltop station

Making connections through public art in Tacoma

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The expanded T Line is opening for service at approximately 11 a.m. this Saturday, Sept. 16! 

You can explore seven new stations and the surrounding areas - and don't forget to check out the amazing public art that was inspired by Tacoma's history and community. 

At the end of July last year, crews started to install the art pieces by Kenji Stoll to beautify the new stations. 

Stoll is a visual artist based in Tacoma. He has an interest and focus in public art, large scale murals, design and community development. 

"I think it's really important for people to see themselves in public art," Stoll said. "We are a part of this bigger thing, and we're all connected through that." 

The way Stoll describes the pieces "is they're kind of 3-D puzzle expanded stars."

"Those layers of the stars are kind of built with different motifs and inspirations from parts of local history," he said. "Each station sits in a unique neighborhood of our city... and each has unique stories."

Learn more about the art and artist in this video:

Learn more about Sound Transit's art program, STart, here.

In addition to admiring the art, there will be so many things to do on Saturday! You can:

  • Check out the portraits along the route
  • Grab a commemorative map
  • Learn from local tour guides
  • Enter to win amazing prizes through the Discover. Scan. Win. activity
  • Take a #HelloTacoma selfie! 

Learn more about opening day here.

More stories on the T Line

Hopefully this isn't the first time you've run across our continuing coverage of this project.

Check out our past stories for more action shots and information.

Twenty years of Tacoma Link: Celebrating history and welcoming the future

Tacoma train safety poster contest: the results are in!

Fresh pics: New light rail vehicle arrives in Tacoma

Women power progress on Sound Transit job sites

Or you can see all of our Hilltop Tacoma stories by clicking on the category listing below (or on the right if you're reading this on your desktop or tablet).

For more updates, follow us on Instagram and tune in on Fridays for our regular "Field Trip Friday" stories where we visit Sound Transit construction sites around the region. 

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