IN TRANSITion, Bus-Stop Makeover by Ryan Ollson

Many of you may remember that APK Live put out a call to artists/designers to makeover a local bus stop awhile back. Both the project and the winning selection, In TRANSITion, are the result of a collaboration between APK Live, LifePaths Global Alliance, and the London Transit Commision. The selected submission for the bus stop makeover comes from local artist Ryan Ollson.

The installation is made up of various coloured bands which form a single multi-functional plane which both comprise as well as extend both above and below a bench. Ollson derived the colours from the LTC's Ride Guide Map and each represent a bus that serves the downtown core - a transitioning hub of arts and culture in London - while also representing the varied arts culture promoted by APK Live and youth culture promoted by LifePaths Global Alliance.

Ollson's work is both incredibly inviting and utterly captivating. IN TRANSITion can easily be heralded as one of the most facinating public art installations ever to hit London. All parties involved should be given praise for providing the opportunity for a local artist to transform a common element of our urban space. This is a perfectly clear example of how art and design can change the way we see the world around us - even invite us to take part.

Artist rendering included in original competition submission.

Coordinating paint and print colours.

Creating paint test strips.

Preparing bench for painting.

Time consuming painting process.

Installation day.

Ready for reveal.

Photo by Scott Webb of Flat White Photography

Photo by Scott Webb of Flat White Photography

Photo by Scott Webb of Flat White Photography

Photo by Scott Webb of Flat White Photography

Photo by Scott Webb of Flat White Photography

Photo by Scott Webb of Flat White Photography

Photo by Scott Webb of Flat White Photography


Savanah Sewell

I lOVE this photography! This makes me feel like I'm not even looking at London Ontario.

July 8, 2011 - 11:32am
Rick Carroll

Great art by the artist. I love it and I love that London is doing such things.

July 9, 2011 - 10:23am

I was actually sitting at APK's patio when I noticed this. It's definitely much better than the metal trees. Those need to be removed.

July 11, 2011 - 6:58pm
Deanne Kondrat

This is beautiful *applause*

July 11, 2011 - 7:27pm
<a href="/blog/transition-bus-stop-makeover-ryan-ollson#comment-1695" class="active active">I agree with Rick, superb</a>

I agree with Rick, superb addition to our downtown look, many thanks! much appreciated!

any chance of seeing more 'round the core? - would be nice!

July 12, 2011 - 10:17am

SO awesome! Now they just need to do the rest of the bus stop

July 17, 2011 - 1:57pm

A little late on this, but thanks for all the positive feedback!

As for the comment on the metal trees, I think the trees as a concentrated piece in a single location could have been interesting, but dispersing them throughout the core weakens any impact they would have had together. Plus, there is a lot of missed opportunities with how that money was spent, as it could have been divided up to allow for a series of installations around the core from different artists. Each core intersection could have had it's own individual work of art.

August 5, 2011 - 2:02pm