VIDEO: 30 Vancouver buses will turn into moving pieces of public art


Your next trip on a public transit bus could have you feeling like you are inside a work of art.

TransLink is adding pieces created by five Canadian artists on 30 articulated buses beginning this month.

This piece by Rolande Souliere will be featured on TransLink buses. Image courtesy TransLink

The public art initiative is being launched in partnership with the Contemporary Art Gallery and presents work under the theme, “How far do you travel?”

Each wrapped bus by artists Diyan Achjadi, Patrick Cruz, Rolande Souliere, Erdem Taşdelen and Anna Torma contains an interior display with messages offering an insight into their work. A series of free public events such as artist talks, performances and activities will also take place on the buses while off service throughout the year.

“We are proud to work with CAG and share our space to showcase Canadian artists and their work,” said Michael McDaniel, president of Coast Mountain Bus Company, in a news release. “This is a unique partnership that allows us to support the local art community while enhancing the customer experience.”

This piece by Patrick Cruz will be featured on TransLink buses. Image courtesy TransLink

TransLink reached out to non-profit local art organizations and awarded CAG with the development of the public art designs. The artists are paid according to fees outlined by Canadian Artists’ Representation/Le Front des artistes.

“We are really pleased to partner with TransLink and invite an incredibly broad audience to encounter contemporary art on the move,” said CAG’s curator, Kimberly Phillips. “The word for transit is metaphorá in Greek: to go to work or come home, one literally rides a metaphor. Transit connects us with others just as visual languages constantly transport ideas and meaning from one place to another.”