Public Art on Bus Shelters and Park & Rides

Portland’s first light rail project, the eastside Blue Line (also known as the Banfield Line), opened in 1986 without an art program. Following the establishment of TriMet’s percent for art policy in 1997, every eligible new capital project on the line has had an allocation for art.

Bus Shelter Glass

Since 2001, patterns have been sandblasted onto graffiti-damaged bus shelter glass panels and then reinstalled, saving on costs and reducing waste. New bus shelters are furnished with the art panels from the outset. The sandblasted panels minimize future vandalism, improve the appearance of the shelters, and enrich communities with artwork.

Four patterns by four northwest artists circulate among the region’s bus shelters:

  • Carolyn Law, Falling Leaves
  • Michael Hensley, Cityscape with Birds
  • Karen Guzak, Drifting
  • Tom Cramer, Jazz

Falling LeavesFalling Leaves

Two patterns are location specific:

  • Jerry Quenton, The Three Kings, 2003, an African-influenced pattern for Alberta Street
  • Christine Bourdette, untitled, 2002, dynamic fish pattern to complement the Fishbird pedestrian bridge at Parkrose Transit Center


Bus Stop Sign

Carolyn Law, 2003

Carolyn Law designed TriMet’s distinctive bus stop sign in 2003 with assistance from the agency’s creative services staff.

The colorful, circular signs on bright blue hexagonal poles provide a unique landmark for the region’s bus stops.

Bus stop signBus stop sign


Mohawk Park & Ride

Miles A. Pepper, 1997

Coho CommuteCoho Commute

Coho CommuteCoho Commute detail

Coho Commute,1997, by Miles A. Pepper consists of a series of nine, brushed-aluminum Coho salmon weather vanes.

Native to the Tualatin River, the Coho is a link to the local geography as well as a metaphor for the daily commuter who, like the salmon, participates in a regular cycle of travel.


E 122nd/ Menlo Park Park & Ride

Kurt Keifer, 2002

Kurt Keifer’s Built Trees, 2002, three 20’ tall sculptures of painted steel and aluminum, reflect the artist’s interest in bridging the gap between the natural world of trees and the man-made world of power poles and light standards.

The tree “trunks” feature the names of invasive tree species spelled out in boldly colored reflective tape.

SculptureBuilt Trees


Barbur Blvd Transit Center

Laura Bender and John Early, 2005

Laura Bender and John Early stencil-painted a 1,600 sq ft mural depicting world folk art on a walkway retaining wall by the Barbur Blvd Transit Center.

Created in 2005 through a partnership between TriMet, the Oregon Department of Transportation, and the Regional Arts and Culture Council, the mural mitigates graffiti while providing pedestrians a cheerful welcome.