This blue pine tree behind the old Omnitrans bus shelter on University Parkway at Cal State, San Bernardino was one of three trees that were cleared in 2012 to make way for the future campus sbX Bus Rapid Transit Station.
The Blue Tree Project was a part of a program to develop ecologically themed artwork for the station. The tree was painted blue so that the images on the glass panels could serve as a visual barometer for air quality.
Using blue colors, photography, and other artistic methods, artists transposed images of the pine tree onto the station’s glass panels. The images blend into blue sky and can be difficult to see on a clear day, but become more visible during overcast days and when the air is polluted.
The project was a collaboration that between Omnitrans sbX BRT, the Cal State University, San Bernardino Art Department and professional artists from Greenmeme.
Each of the Omnitrans sbX stations features art with various themes. Click here for a list of artists, themes, descriptions and photos of a few of the art installations.
Juno Kughler Carlson
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If you’ve driven by the Cal State San Bernardino campus lately, you may have been surprised to see a large blue tree behind the Omitrans bus shelter on University Parkway. The old pine is one of three trees that are being cleared to make way for the future campus sbX Bus Rapid Transit Station. The Blue Tree Project is a part of a program to develop ecologically themed artwork for the station. The project is a collaboration that includes The Omnitrans E Street Corridor sbX Bus Rapid Transit Project team, the California State University, San Bernardino Art Department and professional artists from Greenmeme.
Using blue colors, photography, and other artistic methods, the artists will reproduce images of the pine tree that will be transposed onto the station’s glass panels. Glass-panel artwork on the station canopy will convey public transit as a means of reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles and capture the essence of the natural surroundings of the university.
“The tree was painted blue so that the images on the glass panels will serve as a visual barometer for air quality,” said David Rutherford, Public Relations Manager for Omnitrans sbX Integrated Project Management Office. “The images will blend into blue sky and be difficult to see on a clear day and become more visible during overcast days and when the air is polluted.”
For more information about The Blue Tree Project, please call at the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art at (909) 537-7373.
About The Omnitrans sbX Bus Rapid Transit Project
The sbX BRT Project is the first of-its-kind express service to be constructed in the Inland Empire. It is the beginning of an intermodal public transit system in the San Bernardino Valley that will reduce vehicle congestion while providing the public an environmentally friendly alternative that is sophisticated, cost effective, and time efficient.
The 15.7-mile corridor covered by the project spans between northern San Bernardino and Loma Linda. It will include 16 art-inspired stations at key university, government, business, entertainment and medical centers as well as four park-and-ride facilities.