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Enjoying Art at Bus Shelters
Monday, May 05, 2014 5:00 PM  

Montage of artwork to be installed at four new shelters

Soon bus commuters will see vibrant art on four bus shelters.

One features a geometric floral design, another  shows a woman's head out of which a crane emerges over the Ship Channel, a third design focuses on railroad tracks and a fourth one depicts hardworking individuals "riding together" on METRO toward a common goal.

These shelters, showcasing local artists' work, are courtesy of Leadership Houston Class of XXXII. The four new shelters will be located at Bellfort Avenue and Stassen Street; Stella Link Road and Cheena Drive; Bissonnet Street and Albacore Drive; and Brookglade Circle and Dairy Ashford Road.

The artwork will be affixed to the shelter paneling during the fabrication process. The new shelters are part of METRO's Passenger Bus Shelter Program, whose goal is to install 100 shelters a year. So far this fiscal year, which started last October, METRO has built 68 new shelters, said Pablo Valle, program  manager of the Passenger Bus Shelter Program.

Leadership Houston's flagship program is its 10-month training program in which fellows develop leadership skills and choose a class project that improves Houston. This year, the class chose METRO's Bus Shelter Program. It has raised $20,000 of its $30,000 budget to pay for the shelters (METRO did the design and construction), fabrication and installation.  In addition, Leadership Houston will look for ways to improve METRO's Adopt-a-Shelter program.

"It's a great initiative," said Valle. "It shows how our partnering with the community and future leaders of Houston helps us think outside the box. And it gives us an outside perspective on how to enhance our Bus Shelter Program." #RideHoustonMETRO

Comments

Joseph said:

This is a great way to showcase artwork using the bus stops. Who are the artists who created the work? They should be given credit!

# May 5, 2014 7:33 PM

DK Hartmann said:

And the artists have names?

# May 5, 2014 8:21 PM

Toya Castillo Ramirez said:

Working with my Leadership Houston Class XXXII classmates and METRO throughout this entire project has been an enjoyable and awesome experience! Thank you LH Class XXXII Classmates, METRO leadership and staff, and Hank.

# May 5, 2014 8:44 PM

Mary Sit said:

The artists are (clockwise from the top):

1. Picture of woman's head by Kelly Devine, a Houston-based fine artist who works in a vareity of media, exploring issues of society and self.

2. Geometic flower of life, representing opportunity and growth by Nicola Parente, an Italian-born artist with a Houston studio, wehre he creates expressive abstract paintings.

3. Railroad tracks artwork by Syd Moen, born and raised in Houston with a lifelong interest in photography. She and friends founded Haver Street Studios, a multi-media company.

4. Houston workers painting by John Ross Palmer, a fifth-generation Texan and founder of the Art Movement of Escapism, aimed at destroying the stereotype of the struggling atist.

# May 6, 2014 11:33 AM

Bobbie Stratton said:

Very proud to be part of this project through Leadership Houston Class XXXII and Metro!

# May 6, 2014 1:28 PM
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