Public Art at Transitway Stations
» City of Ottawa: Public Art Commissions
The City of Ottawa commissions local artists' works for display in public spaces, including the following Transitway Stations:
Southwest Transit Extension: Marketplace Corridor
Currents, a permanent site-specific artwork by Cheryl Pagurek, was commissioned by the City of Ottawa's Public Art Program for the Southwest Transit Extension: Marketplace Corridor
Central themes found in Cheryl Pagurek's artwork investigate concepts of time, memory, history and the ephemeral quality of the disappearing past. Currents, a twenty-minute loop of constantly changing video, prominently features imagery of the Jock River, maintaining a link to the nearby body of water in an area of constant urban development. Through the incorporation of historical images of the area, surrounding rural lands, and footage of contemporary city transit - OC Transpo busses and O-Train - Currents celebrates the surrounding environment. The installation situates public transit within a narrative of progress while highlighting ecological appreciation. By locating the present site within a continuum, the video footage harkens to the past and preserves the present for future generations.
The historical images in Currents were drawn from many sources, and the artist thanks all contributors. Please visit the Currents download page for acknowledgements of historical images sources.
Longfields Transit Station
(Commission in progress)
Artists: Erin Robertson and Anna Williams
Local artists Erin Robertson and Anna Williams have been selected as the winners of the Longfields Transit Station public art competition. The proposed artwork entitled Bellwether composed of four life-sized bronze sculptures of sheep and one life-sized bronze border collie herding the flock will be primarily integrated onto the vegetative roofs of the transit station, with one lone black sheep on the loading platform where the public will be free to touch and playfully interact with it.
Bellwether simultaneously investigates the relationship between human and animal, urban and rural, and the absence of the animal in contemporary society. By artistically reintroducing animals into the environment a connection to the history of the land transcends the necessity for urban development. Transit users will be engaged by the humour, strength and beauty of this whimsical installation, a jewel for both the neighbourhood and the transit system.
(Commission in progress)
Team EOS Lightmedia - Benjamin Feagin, Shaun August, Steve Badard and Joel Marc
TRANSPOtting, 2009, LED lights
EOS Lightmedia's artwork entitled TRANSPOtting will be integrated into the sound wall located at the main entrance to the new OC Transpo Articulated Bus Garage, on 735-755 Industrial Avenue. The work will consist of colourful lights in motion representing the schedule of Ottawa's transit system: pulses of light will flash along the wall transmitting a different colour for each bus route. As the frequency of buses heightens throughout the day the wall becomes brighter, and as the final bus and driver return to the station in the evening the intensity and reach of the light along the wall recedes.
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