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UNCG and Dudley High students team up to build bus stop benches

Posted on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013 by CommunityEngagement.

Reposted from synerG

synerG, Greensboro’s premier young professional organization, is pleased to announce the installation of a new artist commissioned Greensboro Transit Authority bus bench and shelter on the southwest corner of Market and Edgeworth Streets. The installation [took place] on Friday, July 19th at 11:00AM and [was] officially celebrated with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

Bus Benches of Artistic Distinction is a partnership of synerG Young Professionals, University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Communications Studies Program and Dudley High School to raise awareness of the need for more bus benches and shelters and to support student civic action and advocacy. The project was selected as synerG’s 2012 “Big Idea” primarily because it is a visible public works project that gives synerG an opportunity to leave a tangible and lasting impact on the larger community. The project also demonstrates the potential to excite and engage Greensboro’s young professionals.

Artist, Julia Burr, from Black Mountain, NC, was selected to design, fabricate and install the bus bench and shelter. synerG has worked with GTA to choose the Bus Stop at the corner of Market and Edgeworth in front of the Bryan Family YMCA. Early this year, Burr met with students and young professionals to solicit input about the design. She asked, “When you see our new bus shelter for the first time, what do you want to remember seeing?” The young people said color, movement, boldness, an unusual shape, and some unique feature included to reflect the values of diversity, creativity. Toward that end, the green and purple shelter sports a wave top, portal window, and is accented by thousands of marbles that will catch the light of car headlights in the evening.

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