RIPTA Teams With The Avenue Concept to Create Art Bus Program
Friday, October 05, 2018
The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) announced a partnership with The Avenue Concept to create two “art buses” to promote the importance of public transportation and public art in Rhode Island.
“We believe the public has a right to experience and interact with art in everyday life. We’re grateful to have a partner like RIPTA that recognizes the value public art brings to the city, and that businesses and civic organizations benefit from supporting and engaging with public art,” said Yarrow Thorne, the executive director of The Avenue Concept.
The buses will be in service on RIPTA routes across the state.
“We were excited by his vision and his commitment to public art in Rhode Island. These buses provide a wonderful canvas for public art and will also help underscore the fact the public transportation is a multi-faceted benefit to the communities it serves,” said Scott Avedisian, CEO of RIPTA.
Called MOVE RI, the project involves two buses wrapped in designs created by The Avenue Concept’s 2018 Design Fellows, Myles Dumas, and Colin Gilles-pie.
“MOVE RI is a natural progression of the work we’ve been doing for the past five years. We’ve put art on sidewalks and walls, now we’re putting it on wheels. Our goal is to make public art accessible to as many people as possible. Now instead of placing it in a fixed location and waiting for people to come to it, we’re bringing the art to them and inviting them to experience it in a new way,” said Thorne.
One of the buses, the “Move” bus, was unveiled Friday morning at Kennedy Plaza. The design, which forms the word “move” from repeating lines of bold colors, is intended as a visual announcement of the new program.
The inside of the bus has also been redesigned by the Dumas and Gillespie; it provides more information about the project and encourages riders to share their photos of the art buses on Instagram with the hashtag #MoveRIbus.
The second bus is scheduled to be unveiled during the Providence Honk festival (PRONK) on Monday, October 8.
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