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SAN ANTONIO, TX (September 12, 2014)- District 5 Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales, VIA Metropolitan Transit, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, and community members joined the Department for Culture & Creative Development (DCCD) to celebrate the completion of the City’s latest public art project. San Antonio’s Westside is the site of an innovative new urban design feature that is part bus shelter and part public artwork. DCCD, in coordination with VIA Metropolitan Transit, installed a series of three artistically enhanced bus shelters for bus stops within the Westside Cultural Corridor that evoke the character and heritage of the Westside neighborhood. The central goal of the project is to create a series of artistic landmarks that increase connectivity and circulation within the area. The bus shelters are located along the intersection of Brazos and Guadalupe Streets.
After public input and a selection process, the bus shelter concept entitled “Urban Porch” won the design competition. Submitted by the local design team of Andréa Caillouet, Lisa Elena Reese, and Jack Harrison, P.E., the design uses familiar materials, colors, and forms that are found on front porches of homes in the neighborhood. The design is meant to encourage interaction among patrons waiting for the bus to arrive.
Construction of the shelters began this summer upon completion of the Guadalupe Area Streets Project in May by the City’s Transportation and Capital Improvements Department. The streets project widened sidewalks and added amenities along Brazos Street encouraging a multi-modal lifestyle.
Andréa Caillouet is a San Antonio artist and graphic designer who is the lead for the bus shelter design team that includes Lisa Elena Reese, an architectural designer and Jack Harrison, P.E., a structural engineer. Metal fabricators Garcés Design worked closely with the design team, with consultation from VIA, to custom build the bus shelters using water jet cutting technology.
“Urban Porch” was made possible with funds from a City of San Antonio Community Development Block Grant, 2007 Bond Savings, and by the Department for Culture & Creative Development with assistance from the Department of Planning and Community Development, VIA Metropolitan Transit, and the Westside Cultural Corridor community.
For more information about DCCD or Public Art San Antonio (PASA), please visit GetCreativeSanAntonio.com or call (210) 206-ARTS.
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