Jan. 16--More pieces of the puzzle are starting to come together for the Downtown Transit Center.
Limestone paneling has started to go up on the exterior of the nearly $9 million center, and a distinctive window design is taking shape at the southwest corner of the building at Third and Walnut streets.
On Wednesday, the city announced its choice of artists to create exterior artwork for the building, which will house Bloomington Transit and the Bloomington/Monroe County 911 dispatch center.
"Mass transit systems should be positive symbols in the community, attracting local riders and visitors," Miah Michaelsen, Bloomington's assistant economic development director for the arts, said in a press release. "Good design and art can improve the appearance and safety of a facility, give vibrancy to its public spaces and make patrons feel welcome."
Bloomington architect and Indiana native Matt Ellenwood was chosen out of 13 artists who submitted designs for the facility's 22 benches and bicycle racks.
Ellenwood proposal incorporated curves similar to those in the canopy design of the building and circular pieces with a "B" inside for the bike racks.
The materials needed for the bike racks and benches will be contributed from local fabricator Jerico Metal Specialties, Michaelsen said.
Indiana University graduate Dale Enochs was selected to create a 22-by-6-foot mural for the west wall of the transit center.
It is titled "Breakaway," and is intended to signify movement on trains, bikes, buses and skateboards.
"We're excited about the movement, depth and color that Dale's piece will bring to what will be a fairly monochromatic area of the building," Michaelsen said in the release. "In addition, his experience with similarly scaled projects is invaluable on this project."
Enochs also has public work at the Indiana governor's residence and the Indianapolis International Airport.
The station will contain about 10,000 square feet when completed.
Funding has come from federal grants, city tax increment financing district revenues and bonding. Crews broke ground last winter, and May said they are on schedule to be finished in the spring.
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