Local artist and then Norfolk Public Schools teacher Knox Garvin created a contemporary decorative multi-color image design based on movement of the train, the wind and the tides. The
design is reversed for the two stations to suggest the direction of travel (they seem to point in a direction). They are printed on a laminate interlayer of the glass that is semi-transparent, thereby acting reflectively and transparently to light. Knox is currently an art teacher at Norfolk Academy and curates their exhibition space. Knox is a co-creator of Eco-Dog which cam about as part of a Norfolk Arts temporary public art project completed during Norfolk Visual Arts Week 2015.
“Created by the dynamic Norfolk-based teaching-artist duo of Nicole Harp and Knox Garvin, Eco-Dog is not only green and functional but is a stylish addition to the streetscape at 1917 Colley Ave., the Little Dog Diner. The canine watering station is a lot hip with an industrial-organic aesthetic that is both contemporary and timeless.
Norfolk Arts awarded Harp and Garvin a grant to launch Citizen Artist Norfolk—with sculpture, video, and website components—during Visual Arts Week in Norfolk with the goal of providing citizens a forum in which they could float their best and brightest ideas for building a better Norfolk.
Wanting to follow through by bringing at least one proposed idea to fruition in time for this year’s Arts Week, the pair chose Eco-Dog, proposed by Leana Stormont. Not only did it seem the most feasible, but it combined into one concept three of Harp’s and Garvin’s passions: community, sustainability, and love for animals.
With help from some talented designers at Makerspace and $2,000 in the bank after Harp’s successful efforts among residents and area businesses to raise funds for materials to build the prototype, Eco-Dog took shape.”