Urban Porch / West Side Bus Shelter
sculpture (visual work), steel, concrete
More About the Artist
The Westside Bus Shelter Project began as a design competition for a series of bus shelters to evoke the character and heritage of the San Antonio Westside Neighborhood and create visual markers along its cultural corridors. Urban Porch was selected for its use of industrial materials and references to the historical neighborhood vernacular through traditional colors and patterns from Mexican textiles. each of the three unique shelters were designed with custom seating, a working swing, and custom painted concrete 'chairs'. The artist's intent for the project was to shift the user's experience away from waiting for a future event or the arrival of the bus, toward enjoying the present moment by swaying on a glider, rocking in a porch swing, or glancing upward toward a simulated night sky while sitting under the shelter.
Artist Andrea Cailouet collaborated on this project with engineer Jack Harrison, PE and architect Lisa Elena Reese.