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A rider’s guide to public art

on RTD’s transit system


Table of Contents

Introduction. ...................................2-3

Central Light Rail Stations

30th • Downing. ............................. 4

25th, 27th, 29th • Welton....................... 5

16th • California.............................. 6

Convention Center • Performing Arts. .......... 7

Colfax at Auraria ............................. 8

10th • Osage................................. 9

Alameda. .................................. 10

I-25 • Broadway............................. 11

Central Platte Valley Light Rail Stations

Union Station ............................... 12

Pepsi Center • Elitch Gardens ................. 13

INVESCO Field at Mile High. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Auraria West Campus........................ 15

Southwest Light Rail Stations

Evans...................................... 16

Englewood ................................. 17

Oxford • City of Sheridan..................... 18

Littleton • Downtown. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Littleton • Mineral ........................... 20

Southeast Light Rail Stations

Louisiana • Pearl. ........................... 22

University of Denver ......................... 23

Colorado................................... 24

Yale........................................ 25

Southmoor ................................. 26

Dayton..................................... 27

Nine Mile................................... 28

Belleview................................... 29

Orchard.................................... 30

Arapahoe at Village Center.................... 31

Dry Creek .................................. 32

County Line................................. 33

Lincoln..................................... 34

Bus Stations and other Transfer Facilities

Civic Center Station.......................... 36

Market Street Station. ....................... 37

Colfax and Federal.........................38-40

Tufts Flyover................................ 41

How to Ride RTD ........................42-43

Light Rail System Map. ..................44-45


Introduction

You’re probably familiar with art

walks…but did you know that in metro

Denver, you can take an art Ride

Thanks to RTD’s art-n-Transit program,

you can enjoy an eclectic array of public art

pieces at more than 30 light rail stations and

bus terminals throughout the metro area.

This brochure is designed to help you take a

self-guided tour of those artworks and learn

more about the art behind the transit.

What is art-n-Transit

Since 1994, the mission of RTD’s art-n-Transit

program has been to enhance the design,

aesthetic quality and user friendliness of

transit projects, as well as to foster transitoriented

community development.

The art-n-Transit program is based on RTD’s

belief that public art helps provide a stronger

connection between neighborhoods and transit.

Installing artwork at transit facilities creates a

sense of community and provides opportunities

to celebrate the diverse cultural, ethnic and

historical richness of the many communities

RTD serves. In addition to enhancing the beauty

of the entire transit system, public art also

helps discourage vandalism and graffiti.

What kind of art will you

see on RTD

As you ride RTD, you’ll notice two types of public

art. The first consists of art enhancements — artistic

elements incorporated into the design of the transit

station. These include windscreens, benches,

canopies, railings and other basic architectural

features that provide functional benefits and

make stations and terminals easily identifiable.

The true centerpieces of the art-n-Transit program

are the site-specific commissioned artworks.

These murals, mosaics, sculptures and other

imaginative installations were created by artists

hired to produce unique works of art that reflect

the surrounding community and add an identifying

element to the neighborhood. Community

members participate in the selection process

for each of these commissioned art projects.

We invite you to take a ride on RTD and

get a first-hand glimpse at one of the metro

area’s most innovative art collections!

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c e n t r a l

c o r r i d o r

30th • Downing

Light Rail Station

25th, 27th,

29th • Welton

Light Rail Stations

Lady Doctor

Jess DuBois

Dedication Date: 1998

Untitled

Darrel Anderson

Dedication Date: 1996

This sculpture pays tribute to the first

African-American doctor licensed in the

State of Colorado, Dr. Justina Ford. During

Dr. Ford’s 50 years of practice, she delivered

over 7,000 babies. The artwork is located

on the plaza along Downing Street.

Five Points’ legacy of great music and

community served as the inspiration

for these colorful mosaics, located on

the light rail station access ramps.

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c e n t r a l

c o r r i d o r

16th • California

Light Rail Station

Convention Center •

Performing Arts

Light Rail Station

Photo by Ron Ruscio

Ha-no-oo Star Calendar

Scott Parsons

Dedication Date: 1997

Doing Your Dance in Denver

Dwight Atkinson

Dedication Date: 2007

A 500-square-foot granite mosaic walkway.

“Ha-no-oo” is the Arapahoe word for “galaxy.”

Just as the stars are used for navigation,

artist Scott Parsons relates the light rail

station as “a metaphor for navigation.” The

mosaic itself represents the 10,000-year

history of native migrations as displayed in

the night skies above Colorado, recorded

in 21 indigenous languages. The mosaic

walkway is adjacent to the light rail tracks.

An interactive light installation using sensors

and light helps visitors perform their own

“Dance of Denver.” As a dancer operates the

system, a variety of illustrations and slogans

light up on the stainless steel mirror, providing

amusement and faux guidance, whimsically

defining the three areas of Denver dance:

commerce, nature and sport. The installation

is adjacent to the southbound boarding area.

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c e n t r a l

c o r r i d o r

Colfax at Auraria

Light Rail Station

10th • Osage

Light Rail Station

Bookmark Denver Colorado

Donna Billick

Dedication Date: 2002

Mestizaje

Emanuel Martinez

Dedication Date: 2003

Two terrazzo benches with book replicas are

bench backs and seats. The images on the

bench backs portray Denver and Colorado.

The theme of the books was selected to

honor the multiple institutions committed

to the education and enlightenment of their

community. The benches are on the plaza

between the light rail tracks and the campus.

The sculpture is a synthesis of images that

represents Mexican culture through the

1960s civil rights movement, to the United

Farm Workers labor struggle and the urban

Chicano movement. The sculpture is located

on the lawn north of the station plaza.

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c e n t r a l

c o r r i d o r

Alameda

Light Rail Station

I-25 • Broadway

Light Rail Station

Hand Up

Scott Donohue

Dedication Date: 1998

The Welcoming Committee

Elaine Calzolari

Dedication Date: 1997

Two statues show diversity and history

throughout the world. Each figure is made

up of different patterned sections and makes

a composite of many people from various

cultures, races and times. The statues are

located northwest of the bus drop-off area.

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These three modernistic granite monuments

were created, in part, from sculptures

salvaged from demolished buildings. Some

of the main components include materials

from an old mausoleum, fragments from

granite quarries and other architectural

remnants. Ms. Calzolari’s vision for this

sculpture was to inject humor and add

the stamp of humanity in an almost sleek,

manufactured environment. The sculptures

stand in the island south of the bus gates.

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c p v

c o r r i d o r

Union Station

Light Rail Station

Pepsi Center •

Elitch Gardens

Light Rail Station

Winter Crossing

Stephen Batura

Dedication Date: 2002

Seven Sisters

David Griggs

Dedication Date: 2002

This 8 x 24 foot mural is located above

the entrance to the pedestrian walkway

inside Denver Union Station from the

Wynkoop Street entrance. The mural is a

representation of a steam freighter crossing

a viaduct-type bridge in winter. Its muted

colors of green, blue and yellow have

been coordinated to fit in with the décor

of the historic Denver Union Station.

Seven sculptures are along the wall between

the light rail platform and the Pepsi Center.

Through a joint project with the Denver

Urban Renewal Authority, these whimsical

figures were designed to acknowledge the

playful attractions of the Platte Valley.

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c o r r i d o r

INVESCO Field at

Mile High

Light Rail Station

Auraria West Campus

Light Rail Station

Pig Skins

Troy Corliss

Dedication Date: 2002

Destinations

Donna Billick

Dedication Date: 2003

Five oversized terrazzo footballs tilted in

different angles give the appearance of

wobbling balls on the main plaza of the light

rail station. Each football represents a different

era in the development of the “pigskin.”

A gateway arch is between the station and

the Auraria Higher Education campus. The

idea suggests the transformation education

provides the students in their journey into the

world of opportunities. The items on the arch

are a compilation of sports balls, a gold nugget

and maize representing important elements

from the past and present in Auraria’s history.

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southwest

corridor

Evans

Light Rail Station

Englewood

Light Rail Station

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People Hereabouts

Overland Neighborhood Association Outdoor Museum

Jack Unruh

Dedication Date: 2000

The Overland Neighborhood Association

presents a series of text and image historical

vignettes about the area in an outdoor

museum exhibit. Over 70 small panels are

mounted to five colorful steel kiosks

standing between the light rail plaza and the

park-n-Ride. “People Hereabouts” is an exhibit

to remind you that you are making history!

Glass Panel Windscreen

Ray Tomasso

Dedication Date: 2000

The glass panel windscreen in the center of

the platform portrays the interaction between

the dreams, hopes and aspirations of society

and the entropy caused by time. According

to artist Ray Tomasso, the subject matter of

the windscreen includes, “fragments that

shift across the subconscious leaving only

a shadow, an essence of a patina, the dust

found in a crack, a word left behind, flotsam

found along a lost highway, the desk of an

unknown and forgotten author, link from

a lost love, broken dreams of neon…”

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southwest

corridor

Oxford •

City of Sheridan

Light Rail Station

Littleton • Downtown

Light Rail Station

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Untitled

The Sheridan School District (Grades K-12)

Dedication Date: 2000

A multi-color mosaic adorns the retaining

wall at the Oxford • City of Sheridan Light

Rail Station. Each of the one thousand 12”

x 12” ceramic tiles in the mosaic depicts

a form of transportation and was hand

drawn by a child from one of four schools

in the Sheridan School District. The

schools included Alice Terry Elementary,

Fort Logan Elementary, Sheridan Middle

School and Sheridan High School.

Untitled

Michelle Lamb

Dedication Date: 2000

Measuring 40’ x 7’ tall, the Littleton •

Downtown Light Rail Station mural

was painted on eight individual metal

panels installed on the wall west of the

platform leading to the park-n-Ride. The

inspiration for the mural comes from the

book “Settlement to Centennial” by Robert

McQuarie and from a wealth of archive

photos and information at the Littleton

Historical Museum. The mural depicts over

50 historical structures, most of which exist

less than five minutes from the light rail

station. The seasons in the mural change from

spring to winter and the light from morning

to night as you look from left to right.

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southwest

corridor

Littleton • Mineral

Light Rail Station

The Silver Band of Present Time

Robert Tully

Dedication Date: 2000

The themes of technology and the

environment are captured in the solar

powered clock tower at the Littleton • Mineral

Light Rail Station between the pedestrian

bridge and the stairway to the park-n-

Ride. The vastness of time is glue that lets

us live with so many rational unknowns;

the present is a source of enlightenment,

contentment, creativity and knowledge.

The artwork is complex, like a personality.

It is a weaving of technology, nature and

time that is both colorful and fragile.

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southeast

corridor

Louisiana • Pearl

Light Rail Station

University of Denver

Light Rail Station

Stange Machine

Ira Sherman

Dedication Date: 2006

Reflective Discourse

John Goe

Dedication Date: 2006

An overhead, kinetic sculpture can be

turned by an orb on the station platform. It

is a tubular metal with blue neon highlights

and resembles a train wheel in motion. The

artwork is on the platform down by the train.

This sculpture is one of the first ever public

outdoor monumental kinetic sculptures in

Colorado that the viewer can set into motion.

A series of blue steel panels with cut-out

words. The words in the tunnel reflect

community and motion, and the words on the

outside wall reflect learning and education.

The color blue of the artwork conveys

confidence and importance and has a logical

connection to nature—the sky. The steel panels

are in the pedestrian tunnel inside the parking

structure and on the wall on the University

of Denver side of the parking structure.

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southeast

corridor

Colorado

Light Rail Station

Yale

Light Rail Station

Big Boots

Ries Niemi

Dedication Date: 2006

People

Gregory Gove

Dedication Date: 2007

A pair of 7’ cowboy boots are made from

stainless steel containing intricate detailing.

They sit side by side between the light rail

station and the park-n-Ride on the east end.

The “Big Boots” draw their inspiration from

Native American rug designers, Mexican

Pitiado patterns, Pueblo Deco architecture

of the 1930’s and Gene Autry’s stage wear.

A series of compositions are scattered

across the wall between the park-n-Ride and

the light rail platform, which relate to one

another. “My idea for the Yale Station wall

came out of my thinking about the constant

shifting and changing of communities as

various people travel to and from them

via the light rail system.” – G. Gove

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southeast

corridor

Southmoor

Light Rail Station

Dayton

Light Rail Station

Harmonic Pass: Denver

Christopher Janney

Dedication Date: 2006

Windswept

Christopher Weed

Dedication Date: 2006

A multi-dimensional interactive piece includes

splashes of colored lights along the pedestrian

tunnel walls under I-25 on the way to the

station. Each of the lights has emanating

sounds that are started when someone walks

by them. A riddle in the tunnel, that when

solved by stepping in front of the lights in the

correct order, will congratulate the winner

by playing a light and sound melody.

These stainless steel poles with large

bright red spheres travel on the edge of

the pedestrian bridge that crosses the

wetlands area between the park-n-Ride

and the elevator to the light rail station.

“Windswept” transforms the viewers as

they walk through a field of brightly colored

steel that seems to be in perpetual motion.

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southeast

corridor

Nine Mile

Light Rail Station

Belleview

Light Rail Station

Yet Another Way To Know That

Nature Will Eventually Win

Dwight Atkinson

Dedication Date: 2006

A glowing textured metal chandelier depicts

the perceived conflict between humanity

and technology. Overlapping aluminum

panels form a turbine symbolically collide

with the ceiling. Nature’s nymph emerges,

while metallic vines grasp the suspending

structure. The chandelier is overhead as

you enter the pedestrian tunnel between the

stairs to the platform and the park-n-Ride.

Thunder over the Rockies

Richard Elliott

Dedication Date: 2006

A geometric pattern of roadway reflectors

illuminate as people walk through the

pedestrian tunnel, just north of the light

rail station. It is the first reflectorized art

tunnel in the world. The unique convergence

of the high plains meeting the Rockies,

western culture intertwined with native

influences and the ghost of herds of wild

buffalo running along the freeway is what

inspired “Thunder over the Rockies.”

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southeast

corridor

Orchard

Light Rail Station

Arapahoe at

Village Center

Light Rail Station

Orchard Memory

Wopo Holup

Dedication Date: 2006

Nucleus

Michael Clapper

Dedication Date: Expected 2010

A combination of two distinctive items—

stamped concrete portraying apple leaves

magnified 400 times in the area between

the park-n-Ride and the light rail station

platforms—are in remembrance of the

apple orchards that were grown on this

site. In addition, stainless steel birds are

sitting on the fence posts just above the

stamped concrete. This work is about

memory and simple observation in nature.

Three sculptures made from sandstone

and marble will be placed in the plaza area

just west of the light rail station. The three

interlocking forms will each be 6’ x 10’ and

when placed together, will convey a sense

of interdependence. Set in an open, reverse

curved pattern, this installation of timeless

forms will serve as an interactive focal point

for the new town center of Greenwood Village.

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southeast

corridor

Dry Creek

Light Rail Station

County Line

Light Rail Station

Fools Gold

John McEnroe

Dedication Date: 2006

This series of colorful stainless steel tubes

holding hourglasses contain pyrite. These

tubes vary in size and are placed on the wall

heading to the light rail station from the

parking structure. They can be turned and

people can watch the pyrite flow through the

hourglass. This piece suggests the idea that

over-development is our modern fools gold.

“Fools Gold” highlights the precious nature

of our water resources while at the same time

pays homage to the historical significance

of this site. One of the earliest gold strikes

documented in Colorado was here in Dry

Creek and fueled the Colorado Gold Rush.

Plow

Emmett Culligan

Dedication Date: 2006

A free-standing sculpture of an old fashioned

plow was designed in recognition of the use

of this land in the near past and far past.

The plow sits in a landscaped area that is

half prairie grasses and half rows of crops

near the bottom of the stairs leading to the

pedestrian bridge on the east side of I-25.

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southeast

corridor

Lincoln

Light Rail Station

Sun Stream

Ray King

Dedication Date: 2006

A series of iridescent, dichotic glass

panels were placed on the south side

of the five-level parking structure. The

glass panels change color depending

on time of year and time of day.

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us stations &

transfer facilities

Civic Center

Station

Market Street

Station

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Untitled

Douglas Kornfeld

Dedication Date: 2002

A ceramic tile wall mural is 50’ x 7’ and is

installed inside the station between Gates

1 and 2. The mural, depicting two arms

reaching out to shake hands, is made up of

more than 3,500 tiles. Each handmade tile

has an international person symbol glazed

onto its surface depicting the physical and

psychological diversity of RTD’s passengers.

The mural symbolizes the movement when a

passenger is transformed, by a handshake,

from an anonymous traveler into a unique

person at the beginning or end of a journey.

King and Queen

Brian Swanson

Dedication Date: 2001

Two statues of chess pieces double as

benches and game tables. The sculptures

are composed of found objects combined

with stock steel shapes such as bar, sheet

and woven wire cloth. The found objects are

most often components of machine tools,

appliances, automotive, agricultural and

hand tools. These sculptures stand outside

the south entrance to Market Street Station.

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us stations &

transfer facilities

Colfax and Federal

Bus Transfer Facility

Colfax and Federal

Bus Transfer Facility

Butterfly Hope Windscreen

Children from Cheltenham Elementary

Dedication Date: 2006

Interdependence

Michael Clapper

Dedication Date: 2006

The facility windscreen features handpainted

tiles of local landmarks created

by children from Butterfly Hope, an art

program sponsored by local Cheltenham

Elementary. This project was supervised

by artist Bob Luna. The windscreen is

west of the bus gates in the plaza area.

A series of three sandstone sculptures feature

children’s handprints pressed into the piece.

The handprints come from the local children in

the neighborhood. The sculptures are located

west of the bus gates in the plaza area.

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us stations &

transfer facilities

Colfax and Federal

Bus Transfer Facility

Tufts Flyover

Benches

Bob Luna

Dedication Date: 2008

Universal Travel

Susan Cooper

Dedication Date: 2002

These arc style benches are topped with

the mosaic tile work of artist Bob Luna. The

benches are located in the center of the plaza.

A wall sculpture symbolizes our orbital

transportation systems. The travel systems

depicted are the earth which travels in its

orbit in one day, the moon which circles

the earth in one month, and the sun around

which the earth orbits in one year. This

artwork can be seen by drivers traveling

along south Santa Fe Drive at Quincy.

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How to Ride RTD

RTD Day Pass

If you want to make a day of enjoying RTD’s

public art, the easiest and most affordable

option is the RTD Day Pass. You can save

money by purchasing a Day Pass rather

than multiple individual tickets, and you can

get on and off light rail (and RTD buses) as

many times as you want. Choose from Local,

Express and Regional Day Passes for unlimited

one-day travel on a specified level of bus or

light rail service or purchase a 5-Day Pass

for unlimited rides on all levels of bus and

light rail service for five consecutive days.

Day Passes are available at RTD Sales

Outlets, the Denver Metro Convention

& Visitors Bureau in Downtown Denver at

16th/California or online at RTD-Denver.com.

For more information on the Day Pass or

other fare options, call 303.299.6000.

Route and Schedule

Information:

For more information about light rail or

bus schedules, log on to RTD-Denver.com

or call 303.299.6000.

Ticket & Pass Sales

Regular and discounted ticket

books and passes are available for

purchase at the following locations:

RTD-Denver.com

Visa, MasterCard and Discover

accepted. Free shipping and handling.

RTD Sales Outlets

Market Street Station

Market/16th Street Mall, Denver

Civic Center Station

Broadway/16th Street Mall, Denver

Boulder Transit Center

14th/Walnut, Boulder

RTD Sales Counter at DIA

West Terminal, Level 5

Other Sales Outlets

King Soopers and Safeway stores at

the Customer Service Center

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Light Rail System Map

Union Station:

Lower Downtown (LoDo)•

Coors Field•16th Street Mall

Pepsi Center•

Elitch Gardens

INVESCO

Field at

Mile High

Auraria West

Campus

Federal Blvd.

Federal Blvd.

Fare Zone

A

Fare Zone

B

Fare Zone

C

Auraria Pkwy.

10th•Osage

6th Ave.

Alameda

E

Speer peer Blvd. Blvd.

I-25

Evans Ave.

Hampden Ave

Oxford-City of Sheridan

Oxford Ave.

Bowles Ave.

Littleton•Downtown

Littleton•Mineral

Colfax at

Auraria

C D

C

Market St.

Station

Downtown Denve

Denver

Wazee Wazee

Blake

Blake

16th St. FREE Mall Ride

C D H E F

18th•Stout

16th•Stout

Colfax

Santa Fe Drive

T

Alameda

Market

I-25•Broadway

Mineral Ave

County Line Rd.

Broadway

Theatre District•

Speer Speer Blvd. Blvd.

Convention Center

Evans

Englewood

F H D

Littleton Blvd.

Stout

Broadway

C D H E F

Broadway

T

California

T

Arapahoe Rd.

C-470

Downing

University Blvd.

University Blvd.

York St.

Steele e

St.

Orchard Rd.

Dry Creek Rd.

D

29th•Welton

27th•Welton

25th•Welton

20th•Welton

18th•California

16th•California

Civic Center

Station

30th•Downing

Yale eA

Ave.

30th Ave.

Colorado Blvd

1st Ave.

Colorado Blvd.

County Line Rd.

Alameda

I-25

T

Leetsdale Dr. Dr.

Louisiana•Pearl

University of Denver

Colorado

Yale

H E

F

Belleview

Southmoor

Orchard

Legend

C

D

E

F

H

Dayton

Arapahoe

at Village

Center

Dry Creek

County Line

Colfax

Line =

Lincoln

Line =

6th Ave.

Lincoln

T

Line =

Littleton•

Mineral

Line =

Littleton•

Mineral

Line =

Nine

Mile

Station

Final

Destination

Major

Transfer

Station

Belleview Ave.

I-25

Union

Station

30th•

Downing

Union

Station

18th•

California

18th•

California

H

I-225

Nine

Mile

Orchard Rd.

E-470

44

Fare Zone

D

Lincoln

E

F

Lincoln Ave.

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A rider’s guide to public art

on RTD’s transit system

Regional Transportation District

1600 Blake Street

Denver, Colorado 80202

303.299.6000

TDD 303.299.6089

RTD-Denver.com

La información contenida en este folleto

está a disposición en español. Llame al

número 303.299.6000.

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