synerG Bus Shelter Comes To Rest / by Heather Gordon

About 23,000 marbles are part of a new bus stop shelter in Greensboro. photo credit : Kathryn Mobley / WFDD

About 23,000 marbles are part of a new bus stop shelter in Greensboro.
photo credit : Kathryn Mobley / WFDD

synerG, Action Greensboro’s Young Professionals initiative, has partnered with UNCG’s Communication Studies Department and Dudley High School to create an artist-designed and fabricated bus bench and shelter, and that shelter is now in place! Installed on July 19 on the southwest corner of Market and Edgeworth Streets in front of the YMCA, the snappy green shelter should be turning heads on Market Street and keeping folks dry for years to come.

A transit shelter was selected as synerG’s 2012 “Big Idea” to be a visible public works project allowing synerG to leave a tangible, lasting impact on the larger community. In addition, the project raises awareness of the need for more bus benches and shelters and supports student civic action and advocacy.

Artist Julia Burr of Black Mountain, NC designed and fabricated the bench and shelter, guided by the concepts of color, community and growth. She chose a rich green recycled plastic to represent growth and incorporated glass marbles in the walls of the structure to shift and swirl the indirect light on the north side of the YMCA. The shelter’s walls contain open circles that function as windows and represent unity and wholeness.

Check out WFDD’s report.