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Donna Sink

Donna Sink

Indianapolis, IN, US

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Massachusetts Avenue north
Massachusetts Avenue north
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Moving Forward: Bus Shelters Incorporating Poetry for the Indianapolis Cultural Trail

"Moving Forward" is a series of custom-designed bus shelters that showcase original poetry by published Indiana writers. The shelters are located along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, the city's pedestrian and bike corridor that links many cultural districts and features art along its length.

Each shelter is comprised of 3Form panels, which are made using 40 percent post-industrial re-grind content, mounted in a stainless steel frame. The shelters are installed on TX Active photocatalytic cement pads. These pads are self-cleaning and through a photocatalytic chemical reaction that destroys smog particles will help reduce many pollutants deemed harmful to human health and the environment.  

The original challenge of the project was to combine the ethereal: poetry, with the mundane: waiting for a bus.  Poetry is an ephemeral art: it is presented on a written page, but exists in the ether, in the mental space of interpretation by the reader.  With this duality in mind, the poetry in Moving Forward is incorporated in two ways: the simple act of reading is accomplished via words presented on a metal panel at eye level.  The poem is also presented graphically in the form of two curved plastic panels that arch over the transit user and form the shelter component of the stop.  The design intent is that the sun will illuminate the colored graphic and cast the shadow of the words on the sidewalk.  This temporal, immaterial rendering references the poem’s existence as idea, not object.  It also relates the work to the seasonal changing of the sun's angle in relation to the human body on the sidewalk.

 
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Status: Built
Location: Indianapolis, IN, US

 
Massachusetts Avenue south
Massachusetts Avenue south
Washington Street at the Arts Garden, poem by Mitchell L.H.Douglas
Washington Street at the Arts Garden, poem by Mitchell L.H.Douglas
Washington Street at White River State Park
Washington Street at White River State Park
Poem by Richard Pflum.
Poem by Richard Pflum.
Custom stainless mount and electric chase for Elliptipar fixtures
Custom stainless mount and electric chase for Elliptipar fixtures

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