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Public Art Gives sbX Corridor New Look

Glass panel on sbX station platform at Hospitality Lane and Carnegie Drive West, with art paver at the base of the canopy.

Glass panels, platform paver and structural monuments have quickly brought eye-opening appeal to the sbX corridor.

Installations are nearly complete of the artwork, as the start of testing begins in the areas of dedicated lanes. Glass panels have yet to be installed in Loma Linda and on windscreens at the station platforms on North E Street and Baseline Street, Highland Avenue and Marshall Boulevard in San Bernardino.

The public art process for the bus rapid transit project dates back to 2009, when a call to artists went out for proposals, which attracted individuals and teams from across the country.

A Station Art Review Committee, comprised of representatives from the art community, historians, city officials and members of the public at large, was organized in both cities. They met to review resumes and ideas for artwork in the artists’ choices of neighborhoods on the corridor, and narrowed the field to 18 canditates for the entire corridor, who presented their proposals for any of a combination of the three art types for different neighborhoods along the corridor.  Each was given a budget from which to work Nine finalists were selected by the committees to work on those projects.

Blue tree images are less visible when viewed through blue skies.

Designs were submitted to the committees for review. Once approved, the artists worked with their own fabricators and submitted their finished artwork to the contractor.

In northern San Bernardino, glass panels with natural landscapes have been installed at the Northern Terminus station at Kendall Drive and Palm Avenue. The Blue Tree Project is a glass-panel display at the California State University, San Bernardino station. When viewed through blue skies, the trees appear more transparent than when viewed through overcast or polluted skies.

Natural Histories is the theme of glass-panel art on four station platforms on Kendall Drive at Little Mountain Drive and Shandin Hills Drive. Photographic images are shown of flora, fauna and northern San Bernardino’s cultural past.

Sample of glazed ceramic tile with photo images of Downtown San Bernardino’s past on platform at E Street and Court Street.

Terrazzo-inset pavers can be seen on the platforms of six E Street stations, at Marshall Boulevard, Highland Avenue and Baseline Street, under the theme Pneuma (“Spirited Wind”), illustrating native basketry, area plants, fruit labels and other abstract art images.

Downtown paver tiles at the Court Street station platform capture images of work life at various stages of Downtown San Bernardino’s history.

Rialto Station Flower is the theme of the etched-glass panels of the E Street station at Rialto Avenue, next to the future San Bernardino Transit Center. The linear images of the California golden poppy (state flower) are encased in altered glass, so they cannot be touched.

A tribute to early citrus faming is depicted by a 15-foot-tall metal sculpture of an orange tree at the E Street station at North Mall Way, next to the National Orange Show Events Center.

Structure at the entrance of the Loma Linda station at Anderson Street and Redlands Boulevard features photographic images of the city’s past.

Setting the Tables is the theme of the glass-panel and paver artwork at the Hospitality Lane stations at Hunts Lane, Carnegie Drive West and Tippecanoe Avenue. The visual collection of plates conveys two meanings: tectonic plates and dinner plates, amplifying the identity of the area as an earthquake zone; and a dining and entertainment area.

Nuestro Pasado (Our Past) is the theme of the five sbX stations in Loma Linda. The park-and-ride facility at Anderson Street south of Redlands Boulevard has a structure monument at the entrance, with keys of painted carbon steel and porcelain enamel imagery on metal; The station at the entrance to Loma Linda University Medical Center has a monument referencing proton therapy and orange blossoms; and the Southern Terminus station at VA Loma Linda Healthcare System has a stars-and-stripes monument.

Orange blossom monument mounted at the entrance to Loma Linda University Medical Center. The dichoric-glass circles are emblematic of the groundbreaking proton therapy research that has given the campus worldwide notoriety.

STATION ART

Location: Northern Terminus (Kendall Drive/Palm Avenue)
Artist/Team:  Amy Bauer/Brian Boldon (inplainsight.com)
Theme:  A Land of Great Wind
Description:  Glass Panels (landscapes)

Location: Cal State San Bernardino Station
Artist/Team:  Freya Bardell/Brian Howe (Greenmeme)
Theme: Blue Tree Project
Description: Glass panels (blue tree images)

Location:  Kendall Drive Stations (Little Mountain Dr., Shandin Hills Dr.
Artist/Team: Leticia Huerta
Theme: Natural Histories
Description: Glass panels (flora, cultural images)

Location: North E Street Stations (Marshall Blvd., Highland Ave., Baseline St.)
Artist/Team: John O’Brien
Theme: Pneuma (Spirited Wind)
Description: Paver tiles (terrazzo insets)

Location: Civic Center Station (E Street/Court Street)
Artist/Team: Robert Delgado
Theme: Civic Center: A History
Description:  Paver tiles (ceramic)

Location: Rialto Station (E Street/Rialto Avenue)
Artist/Team: Cliff Garten Studio
Theme: Rialto Station Flower
Description: Glass panels (frit pattern)

Location: North Mall Way Station
Artist/Team: Kyung-Mi Shin
Theme: Orange Tree
Description: Structural monument

Location: Hospitality Lane Stations (Hunts Lane, Carnegie Drive West, Tippecanoe Ave.)
Artist/Team: Russell Rock/Jeanine Centouri (Urban Rock Design)
Theme: Setting the Tables
Description:  Glass panels, paver (plates)

Location:  Loma Linda Stations (Anderson St./Redlands Blvd, Anderson St./Prospect St., Benton St./Barton Road)
Artist/Team: Juan and Patricia Navarrete
Theme:  Nuestro Pasado (Our Past)
Description:  Glass panels, structural monuments (park and ride, Loma Linda University/Medical Center, VA Loma Linda Healthcare System)

– David Rutherford
david.rutherford@omnitrans.org

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