In planning The Vine, C-TRAN incorporated public art throughout the design of the system. These functional art elements are embedded into the stations themselves to serve a purpose beyond just aesthetics. C-TRAN contracted with three artists for The Vine: Koryn Rolstad of Seattle, Wash., Robert Tully of Louisville, Colo., and Roberto Delgado of Los Angeles, Calf.
At every station along The Vine corridor, protective windscreens are adorned with art that reflects the character and surroundings of each location. Artist Robert Tully created a unique design for each station. At the Todd Road station, next to Evergreen Park, it’s whimsical images of children playing. At Grand Boulevard, a quilt-like design celebrates the food of Fourth Plain’s international corridor. Letters from multiple languages appear at the Andresen Road station. The rest of the stations use varied imagery and symbolism to highlight other aspects of the community.
Art tiles and medallions
All 33 Vine platforms include art tiles that identify each station in a visually arresting way. Created by artists Roberto Delgado and Yami Duarte, the tiles also include a corridor map that marks the corresponding location. For Washington and 12th Street, Delgado created five sidewalk medallions that convey the history of the adjacent Proto-Cathedral of St. James the Greater, a downtown Vancouver landmark, and include images of Mother Joseph and other figures from its history. At Turtle Place, a series of art tiles on the plaza display the faces of dozens of notable people in Vancouver’s past and present. Those pictured include everyone from John McLoughlin, chief factor for the Hudson’s Bay Company at Fort Vancouver in the 1800s, to former Vancouver mayor and 2010 First Citizen Royce Pollard. All of the images were drawn from the book “Legendary Locals of Vancouver,” published in 2011 by local author and historian Pat Jollota. The Turtle Place tiles were also created by Delgado.
Vancouver Mall Transit Center art
At the new Vancouver Mall Transit Center, artist Koryn Rolstad designed and created multiple art elements for the facility. Art glass panels on the shelters depict the four seasons amid a green “stix” pattern. On the platform, 16 stainless steel arches highlight Native American language, images and other local history. Rolstad also arranged the layout of a sandblasting pattern on the platform concrete.
Why public art?
The Vine is the biggest project in C-TRAN’s history, and incorporating public art to such an extent is something the agency hasn’t done before. C-TRAN and other partners chose to include art in order to create a more enjoyable experience for riders while highlighting the history and identity of the community. Functional art also serves a practical purpose, and discourages vandalism on The Vine’s stations.