Oasis One Oasis Two

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Client: Memphis Transportation Authority

Location: Memphis, TN, United States

Completion date: 2015

Project Team

Artist

Carol May

May & Watkins Design

Artist

Tim Watkins

May & Watkins Design

Liaison with community

Christina Lanzl

Urban Art

Overview

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. They are designed to welcome waiting riders and provide a feeling of sanctuary. They are wheelchair accessible with perforated walls, providing access, shelter and visibility for security. The roof panels are pitched so that the water flows from the upper pool to the lower pools, before running off to the side of the structure, creating beautiful sounds for those waiting.

Goals

These artworks and bus shelters brought beauty to underserved neighborhoods.

Process

Our gifted public art administrator, Christina Lanzl, reached out to the entire community, so that every neighborhood had a voice in developing the artwork and everyone felt a sense of ownership.