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Reflection and Movement

Reflection and Movement

Caroline Kajorinne, Riaz Mehmood, Sam Shahsahabi and Marianne Kyryluk of Satellite Studio Artist Collective

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Exterior of a City Transit Bus


A moving showcase of local art.

On July 24, 2015 the City of Thunder Bay unveiled the Art Bus: a City Transit Bus that has been transformed into a moving showcase of local art.

The exterior of the bus, called “Reflection and Movement” was created by Thunder Bay artists -  Caroline Kajorinne, Riaz Mehmood, Sam Shahsahabi and Marianne Kyryluk  of Satellite Studio Artist Collective. 

“Reflection and Movement” celebrates local transportation and it relationship to culture.  Using a universal language of pattern, the artists created a whimsical, vibrant artwork visible from afar and once the bus has stopped or slowed down, you’ll see the details of buses from our past, moving in different directions.  The selection of buses includes two Brill Buses like those historically used in Port Arthur and Fort William. 

The interior of the bus features 8 art panels that were created at community workshops hosted by the Community Arts & Heritage Education Project.  In January 2016 the interior panels will feature art from Definitely Superior Art Gallery.  

“The intent of the art bus is to integrate creativity and art into the daily, urban experience of residents and visitors to Thunder Bay”, said Daniel Hansen, Public Art Committee Chair “It will enliven the experience of city life and showcase the work of local professional artists.”

For the next year, the bus will be used on all routes throughout the City and will be available as a charter and as the shuttle to the City’s summer events.

“Thunder Bay Transit is constantly looking for ways to improve the customer experience. We’re happy to contribute space on our vehicles in a way that shows that we value the time customers spend with us and helps local artists at the same time.”

Transit Services Division

This project was created by the City’s Public Art Committee. Funding was provided by the Recreation & Culture Division, The Transit Division, and the Clean, Green, and Beautiful Committee through the Emerging Projects Fund.

 Art Bus photo

Detailed art bus photos