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More public art debuts on Main Street

An articulated trolley on the 3 route, wrapped in a design by artist Germaine Koh for 88 BLOCKS, the Main Street public art program. [1]

An articulated trolley on the 3 route, wrapped in a design by artist Germaine Koh for 88 BLOCKS, the Main Street public art program.

Look for a new art-wrapped trolley on the #3 Main route this August!

The trolley is part of the second installation in Main Street’s public art program, 88 BLOCKS • Art on Main.

Artist Germaine Koh [2] is behind the second installation, and her project MAINstREetBUS focuses on the Main Street corridor itself.

The other side of Germaine Koh's art-wrapped bus! [3]

The other side of Germaine Koh's art-wrapped bus!

Scenes of Main Street will be wrapped all over the bus, and the interior ad cards will feature a Main Street photo essay.

You can see the full wrap and the cards at Germaine’s MAINstREetBUS website [4]. (Keep a close eye on the bus artwork — there are some Easter eggs hidden in there!)

Germaine also has a temporary art piece that will be placed along Main Street.

It’s called Waiting Room, and it’s a set of two wooden chairs installed into the pavement, so passers-by can sit down and enjoy a moment on the street.

If you hadn’t heard, 88 BLOCKS • Art on Main is part of the Main Street Urban Showcase project, an innovative transportation improvement program launched in 2004 and jointly funded by Transport Canada (through the Urban Transportation Showcase Program), TransLink and the City of Vancouver. (Visit the official Main Street Showcase page [5] for more on the project.)

Art is just one of many measures in a broad package of improvements being installed to give people a better transportation experience on Main Street.

Urban design, new transit technology, and a fleet of new trolley buses all contribute to a more efficient transit system and make Main Street more welcoming for pedestrians and transit riders, in turn serving the ultimate goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

If you’d like more public art, check out the posts on the first installation in 88 BLOCKS [6], from art collective Instant Coffee [7]. They wrapped a bus in an afghan pattern, put SAD lights in a bus shelter, and installed a series of brightly-coloured sandwich boards bearing hand-painted slogans up and down Main Street.

And we’re planning for three more art installations in the 88 BLOCKS series over the next three years, with the program wrapping up by April 2011.