May 31, 2010

David Perrett's City.Block.Stop for the U of W

Everyone is welcome to the official opening of City.Block.Stop, a new artist-designed transit shelter and sculpture on Wednesday, June 2 at 4:30 p.m. at the new transit stop on Ellice Avenue between Spence and Isabel Streets.

Conceived as a gateway to the campus, Winnipeg artist David Perrett worked closely with the University of Winnipeg community and with Winnipeg Transit.

The shelter features local mortared stone, including sandstone reclaimed from the University of Winnipeg’s historic Wesley Hall, sculptural seating and an ecologically green moss-covered roof accented by laser cut screens. The related Tyndall stone sculpture is inspired by the geography of the city, carved to represent the Red, Assiniboine and Seine Rivers and the surrounding topography.

“The shelter design was created borrowing elements from both nature and Winnipeg architecture. With four open sides, the shelter gives an inviting atmosphere and takes advantage of the ample direct and indirect sunlight at the site. The carving on the sculpture is an adaptation of the cityscape that shows the rivers seemingly rejoining each other as they wrap around the six-sided cube,” said artist David Perrett.

City.Block.Stop was created through the Public Art Program of the Winnipeg Arts Council.

Have a great day. How can you miss - you're in Winnipeg!

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