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Kurdish Bus Shelter

Submitted by Tony Sobota

Client: Metro Arts

Location: Nashville, TN, United States

Completion date: 2022

Artwork budget: $15,000

Project Team

Project Manager

Atilio Murga

Metro Arts

Project Manager

Tre Hardin

Metro Arts


Tony Sobota

Sobota Creative Studios


This bus shelter was created specifically for the intersection of Elysian Fields Road and Nolensville Pike, generally recognized as the center of “Little Kurdistan” in Nashville. The idea was to create a bus shelter that incorporated symbols, colors, and patterns of Kurdish culture based on years of community engagement. The result is a shelter that is colorful, safe, and a symbol of the strong Kurdish presence in Nashville.


The goal was to create a safe and beautiful bus shelter that described the nearby neighborhood and created a sense of ‘place’, in this case the nearby Kurdish neighborhood in Nashville.


The years-long process of community engagement and design was completed through the leadership of Atilio Murga and Metro Arts, who invited us to design a decal for a prefabricated bus shelter. My design, based on years of community engagement, was then made into a vector and printed, and now stands as a symbol—along with the nearby mural—of our Kurdish neighbors here in Nashville.