The Memphis Area Transportation Authority and the UrbanArt, commissioned two sculptural bus shelters in Midtown, Memphis, to attract new riders to public transportation. They were intended as anchor improvements for two transitional neighborhoods. Designed to welcome waiting riders and provide a feeling of sanctuary, they are wheel chair accessible with perforated walls, providing both shelter and visibility for security. The roof panels are pitched so that the water will descend from the upper pool to the lower pools, before running off to the side of the structure, creating beautiful sounds for those waiting.
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CODA: Collaboration of Design + Art
The global online community that celebrates design projects featuring commissioned artworks.
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Art matters. Attention to the details of our environment leads to love of place, which brings us to take responsibility for the spaces where we live and work. And by extension, the people with whom we live and work. And by extension, to our local communities, our cities, our nations, and our world.
We champion the role of artists in our society. We need artists to provide us with inspiration, creativity, and imagination, and to help us envision a better world.
Architects and designers know that remarkable design can change everything. They connect the dots across disciplines, collaborating with artists to make the world a more beautiful place. They are the ultimate patrons of the arts.
In the process, design professionals promote imagination and creativity, and through their commissions, make original art integral to and accessible in people's lives.
Art in our public and private spaces helps us fight ordinary buildings, ordinary streets, ordinary cities. We celebrate the extraordinary.
The architecture of our buildings and the design of our interiors affect our happiness and well-being. Each of us deserves a daily dose of inspiration.