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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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Roadways Improved Near Loma Linda Stations

Vehicles now have a smooth road to drive on next to the sbX station platform on Benton Street next to Barton Road in Loma Linda.

Loma Linda construction activities increased significantly in July with progress made at each of the sbX stations in the city.

Asphalt removal, grading and paving took place at the station on the east side of Anderson Street south of Redlands Boulevard; both stations on the northeast and southwest corners of Anderson Street and Prospect Avenue; and at the southern terminus on the southeast corner of Benton Street and Barton Road, next to the VA Loma Linda Healthcare System facility. Motorists will feel a smooth drive through the area as the final cap of asphalt is now in place.

At the station in front of the future park-and-ride facility (west side of Anderson Street south of Redlands Boulevard), crews formed and poured a low concrete wall. They also worked on sidewalk, stairs and ramp construction. Other activities in Loma Linda included painting station steel structures, electrical and surveying.

CSUSB Platform Infrastructure Installed

The ticket vending machine, LED arrival/departure sign and security cameras have been installed at the CSUSB sbX station.

The latest work at the CSUSB sbX station is now giving the public a better look at the electrical station components that differentiate the bus rapid transit (BRT) service from regular bus service. During the past month, crews have begun installing the electronic ticket vending machines, LED arrival and departure signs, security cameras and 24/7 emergency call lines at the CSUSB station as well as the Kendall Drive and Palm Avenue park-and-ride facility. In the coming weeks, the electrical components will be energized with testing to take place in the coming months.

LED Arrival/Departure Sign

Further south along the sbX corridor on E Street in San Bernardino, crews continue to work on the new curb, gutter and sidewalk on the east side of the street between 6th Street and 2nd Street. In early July, northbound E Street will be closed between 2nd Street and Court Street for approximately two weeks so construction workers can make improvements that will also include street paving. As a detour, motorists can use D Street to the east. Businesses will be open during this time and parking will continue to be available at the Civic Center parking structure. In addition, northbound E Street between Court Street and 6th Street will close nightly between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. for similar work.

-Robert Chevez
rchevez@westboundcommunications.com

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Work Begins at Loma Linda Park/Ride Station

Crews work on the footing for the new sbX station on the west side of Anderson Street near Redlands Boulevard.

Construction crews have begun working on the fifth and final sbX station platform in Loma Linda, on the west side of Anderson Street near Redlands Boulevard in front of the future park-and-ride location.

The station footing and concrete slab already have been poured. The last week in June will have crews working on forming the planters with rebar and pouring the concrete walls.

In early July, workers will begin placing the steel structure at this sbX station location. Elsewhere in Loma Linda, station work will continue at east Anderson Street and Redlands Boulevard, Anderson Street and Prospect Avenue, and Barton Road and Benton Street.

-Robert Chevez
rchevez@westboundcommunications.com

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