Client: OC Transpo
Location: Ottawa, ON, Canada
Completion date: 2017
Artwork budget: $40,000
Black Truck Inc.
Ottawa Powder Coat
Bus transportation and stations continue to evolve as public
space, as new and innovative amenities are added.
In its essence the work provides a joyful experience to the viewer, using vibrant
colour and durable materials, greeting passengers as they use the system from
dawn to dusk. Time, movement and sustainability are core aspirations for the
piece, the rotating forms move upward slowly, each shape is slightly different
from the other, decreasing in scale and organized around a central vertical column.
At intermittent points or junctions there are directional arrows, corresponding
to the navigational system of transit and passenger pick up and drop off
Each form is painted a different colour and represents the movement of light
from sunrise to sunset, from red and yellow to the pale white of dawn. Similarly,
as night settles on the land the eye moves downwards, the bright light of the day
fades to glowing red and dusk. Nature is a constant and an essential indicator of
time.This predictability is integral to the reliability of the rapid transit system, as
we wait for arrival and descent at our designated spot. There is an abstract organic
feel to the work reflecting the sustainability of intelligent transit systems as
they relieve pressure on the natural ecosystem, carrying many passengers on a
collective journey as they leave vehicles in the park and ride system
Urban bus transportation is part of a network of systems that serves to transport
a population from one area to another and plays a significant role in achieving
effective movement of large numbers of people living in and around urban concentrations. The process involved local fabricators, engineers, City staff and photographers.