Art Shelters

Gardenstop shelter on Euclid Avenue at Linden Walk

Gardenstop, designed by Prajna Design and Construction, is the result of a public design contest coordinated by Art in Motion and Historic Aylesford Neighborhood Association. With funding from UK and LexTran–plus many in-kind donation by the businesses listed below–Gardenstop is the first art shelter to incorporate living plants and it is our most sustainable yet.

    Sustainable features of Gardenstop…

Greengrid modular green roof system (Weston Solutions) uses a locally grown mix of base sedums plants, blooming sedums and alliums from Kelly Nurseries.

Roof framed with salvaged, antique white oak beams.

Ceiling features reclaimed yellow pine tongue and groove flooring salvaged from houses demolished in Lexington, reclaimed metal barn roofing salvaged from dismantled barn in Franklin County and native sassafras harvested from Casey, Pulaski and Adair Counties.

East wall panel framed in reclaimed antique poplar from demolished buildings known as Morton’s Row and formerly located on Upper Street in Lexington. Wood paneling made of native sassafras and red locust locally harvested.

West wall paneled in cypress from bourbon vats salvaged when Lawrenceburg distillery was demolished in the mid-1980’s and reclaimed white oak salvaged from barn timbers in Franklin County. Small window framed in native walnut harvested in Jessamine County. Sill made from local black locust.

Bench made from reclaimed white oak timbers salvaged from dismantled barn structure in Franklin County.

Salvaged white oak timbers from woolen mill (circa 1860’s) in St. Mary’s, OH are placed to west of structure for use as community bulletin board.

Green screen backdrop is a lightweight painted steel tube structure with woven wire mesh as armature for native honeysuckle donated by Kelly Nurseries.

Ground plantings include native grasses, ground cover, ornamental perennials and Siberian irises donated by Michler’s Greenhouse.

Concrete planter collects stormwater from roof and is filled with recycled crushed concrete gravel for drainage. All poured-in-place concrete slabs have 20 percent fly ash content. Brick pavers are left over from larger projects and are set in a bed of sand over recycled crushed concrete. Steel structure has 99% recycled content.

Low-voltage LED lighting by Q-Lighting, Inc.

    Generous donations of materials and services by:

Michler’s Gardens & Greenhouses
Kelly Nursery ▪ Grant Logan Copper ▪ Janell Concrete
Congleton Lumber ▪ Harrod Concrete
Kwik-set ▪ Landesign ▪ Weston Solutions
C & R Asphalt ▪ bfmj ▪ Diversified Demolition ▪ Hek Glass
Perspectives ▪ Clay Ingels ▪ Lexington Cut Stone
Kentucky Ornamental Iron ▪ Oldcastle Precast
Q Lighting, Inc. ▪ Harry Gordon Steel
Michael Maxson Metal ▪ Sherrod Sign
Salvage Nation

Bluegrass Art Shelter on Newtown Pike

This project is a partnership between Art in Motion, LexTran, EOP architects, and the UK School of Fine Arts. EOP is providing its design work and ongoing management during the fabrication process for free. LFUCG’s planning division and Lexington area MPO are providing expertise and consultation.

The striking “Bluegrass” sculpture shelter brands the Newtown Pike corridor as an important entryway into downtown Lexington and as a major gateway for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. It contains two large mural exhibit spaces that will serve rotating displays of 2-D art murals.

This project furthers Art in Motion’s goal of creating bus shelters that also serve as public art, as street furniture and as places that invite riders to wait for the bus. By meeting the twin goals of providing public art while building Lexington’s mass transit system, this project helps reduce congestion, lower Lexington’s carbon footprint, foster economic development and improve our overall quality of life.

The structure is handicap accessible, bike compatible and low maintenance in materials and construction.

East End Artstop

    Mission Statement

“Welcome to the East End Artstop. This outdoor gallery space celebrates the connection between art and transit, function and inspiration.
The mission of this exhibit space is to display artwork that celebrates the rich history and culture of the East End while embracing change in the neighborhood and exploring its future.
The art shown here will speak to the East End’s unique sense of place while exploring its connection to the wider community and the world.
This gallery is dedicated to the people of the East End.”

    Meeting these needs in our community:

–For public art: All great cities have public art and Lexington deserves no less
–For practical shelter and seating for LexTran riders: AIM wants to help build a system that treats public transit riders with dignity. These kinds of amenities help grow our public transit system which, in turn, reduces traffic congestion, air pollution and improves the quality of life in Lexington.
–For outdoor gathering space for Lexington’s Roots and Heritage festival and other civic occasions.
–For revitalization of East End neighborhood, which is an important part of Lexington’s history and has been at the center of African-American culture and enterprise in Lexington for more than a hundred years.

    Project Partners:

• Art in Motion, Inc.
• LexTran
• Urban County Councilperson Andrea James
• EOP Architects
• Gary Bibbs, sculptor and UK faculty member
• Knight Foundation
• Bluegrass Community Foundation
• LFUCG planner Joseph David
• Martin Luther King Neighborhood Association
• Legacy Foundation
• Artist Joan Brannon
• East End resident Thomas Tolliver
• Scherer Boyd (Roots and Heritage Festival committee)
• Lexington Art League and LexArts
• Artist Pat Gerhard
• Artist Justin Fox
• Urban League
• Contractors who built East End Artstop at cost:
a) Steve Hranicky, general contractor
b) Q Lighting
c) Voltaic Solar

Bottlestop on Versailles Road

Bottlestop, funded through a combination of grants from the Lexington Corridors Committee, LexTran and many in-kind donations, was Art in Motion’s pilot project. AIM coordinated a year and a half long stakeholder process and design contest with participation by LexArts, LexTran and jurors Guy Kemper, Steve Austin, Erica Strecker, Jim Clark and Deborah Borrowdale-Cox. Designed by contest winner Aaron Scales with a tremendous amount of in-kind labor donated by architect Jim McKay, Q Lighting, Voltaic Solar and electrician Phil Smyth during fabrication.

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