What: Two bus shelters decorated with artwork designed by North Carolina artists under the auspices of Durham Area Designers as part of Durham’s public art program will be unveiled
When: Wednesday, August 1, 2012, at 9:30 a.m.
Who: City of Durham Mayor William V. “Bill” Bell, Triangle Transit General Counsel Wib Gulley, City of Durham Transportation Department Director Mark Ahrendsen, and Durham Area Designers President Steven Gaddis
Where: Oldham Towers Lawn
519 E. Main St.
Durham, N.C. 27701
Parking will be available in the Oldham Towers parking lot.
• The Bull City Connector is in its second successful year of operation, transporting more than 10,000 passengers each week on average. This free service connects Duke University and Duke Medical Center to downtown Durham and Golden Belt, and the many restaurants, retail and entertainment venues along the way.
• To enhance the Bull City Connector experience, Durham Area Designers led an effort, starting in August 2010, to create unique art for bus shelters along the Connector’s route.
• In consultation with the Durham Arts Council, Durham Area Designers issued a call for qualifications of artists statewide. The selection committee, which included representatives from the City of Durham, the Durham Arts Council and the Town of Chapel Hill, selected four artists from seven qualifications packages that were submitted. The artists are Sharon Dowell of Charlotte; Al Frega of Durham; Christopher Vespermann of Cary; and David Wilson of Apex.
• Selected art incorporates references to Durham’s rich history and unique culture, including scenes of blues musicians, a colorful map of the city, and references to Durham’s tobacco heritage.
• Two bus stop shelters, located at Oldham Towers and the Durham County Courthouse, are being unveiled on Wednesday, August 1 at 9:30 a.m. Shelters located near or on Ninth Street, Duke Street, Brightleaf Square, West Village, Five Points, and the Durham County Human Services Complex are slated for installation over the next 12 months.
• For information about this shelter art project, contact Durham Area Designers President Steven Gaddis at (919) 618-2596.
• For information on the Bull City Connector, visit http://www.BullCityConnector.org, “like” at http://www.Facebook.com/BullCityConnector, or “follow” at http://www.Twitter.com/BullCityConnect.