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.