Customers can catch their bus in a work of art

January 04, 2019

30 articulated buses to exhibit contemporary art in 2019

NEW WESTMINSTER, BC — The work of five Canadian artists will be exhibited on 30 articulated buses beginning January 2019.The public art initiative is being launched in partnership with the Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG) and presents work under the theme, “How far do you travel?”.

Each wrapped bus by artists Diyan Achjadi, Patrick Cruz, Rolande Souliere, Erdem Taşdelen and Anna Torma contains an interior display with messages offering an insight into their work. A series of free public events such as artist talks, performances and activities will also take place on the buses while off service throughout the year.

“We are proud to work with CAG and share our space to showcase Canadian artists and their work,” said Michael McDaniel, President of Coast Mountain Bus Company, an operating subsidiary of TransLink. “This is a unique partnership that allows us to support the local art community while enhancing the customer experience.”

TransLink reached out to non-profit local art organizations and awarded CAG with the development of the public art designs. The artists are paid according to fees outlined by Canadian Artists' Representation/Le Front des artistes (CARFAC).

“We are really pleased to partner with TransLink and invite an incredibly broad audience to encounter contemporary art on the move,” said CAG’s curator, Kimberly Phillips. “The word for transit is metaphorá in Greek: to go to work or come home, one literally rides a metaphor. Transit connects us with others just as visual languages constantly transport ideas and meaning from one place to another.”


“How do you travel?” designs:

Diyan Achjadi, ‘NonSerie (In Commute)’ (detail), 2017/2018. Courtesy the artist

Diyan Achjadi, ‘NonSerie (In Commute)’ (detail), 2017/2018. Courtesy the artist

Patrick Cruz, ‘Step Mother Tongue’ (detail), 2017-2019. Courtesy the artist

Patrick Cruz, ‘Step Mother Tongue’ (detail), 2017-2019. Courtesy the artist

Rolande Souliere, ‘Frequent Stopping’, Part III (detail), 2018. Courtesy the artist

Rolande Souliere, ‘Frequent Stopping’, Part III (detail), 2018. Courtesy the artist

Erdem Taşdelen, ‘Essentials of Psychological Testing’ (detail), 2018. Courtesy the artist

Erdem Taşdelen, ‘Essentials of Psychological Testing’ (detail), 2018. Courtesy the artist

Anna Torma, ‘Abandoned Details 4’ (detail), 2018. Courtesy the artist and Esker Foundation

Anna Torma, ‘Abandoned Details 4’ (detail), 2018. Courtesy the artist and Esker Foundation

Learn more:

How Far Do You Travel?

Video: How Far Do You Travel?


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