Adding artist-designed bus shelters to West Colfax Ave is the cornerstone of WCBID’s current mobility enhancement project. Together with wayfinding signage, these shelters are intended to both create a distinctive identity for the district and improve the transit environment. We are delighted to preview the preliminary design for the shelters, known as Prismatic by local artist Emmett Culligan.
For Prismatic, Culligan has drawn on both West Colfax’s transportation history and its diversity. In the inflated stainless steel corner columns, he seeks to call to mind the “essence of car culture”, while each of shelters features a different colored glass, evoking the ethnic and cultural diversity of the area. Culligan designed the shelter retrofits with functionality for riders as prime consideration, as reflected in the fully enclosed glass structures, capped by a translucent roof to allow for night-time ambient light. The simplicity of the design and the ability to create a strong sense of continuity through the district were also important considerations in the selection. A big “thank you” to the invaluable contributions from our art selection committee.