City Council gave the go-ahead Tuesday to Hall Area Transit’s plan to begin displaying works of art on or around Gainesville Connection bus shelters by August.
The art, selected from more than 80 submissions reviewed by the Vision 2030 Public Art Committee, will be etched on glass, attached to the shelters or exist as freestanding pieces.
The project is supported by a $50,000 federal grant that seeks to introduce art that builds on the city’s sense of community and connecting people.
“Some may be installed in July if we can get the manufacturer to split the order into two shipments,” Community Service Center Director Phillippa Lewis Moss said. “We will have an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony once the last piece of art is installed. It’s going to be an amazing project.”
The committee is hoping to expand the influence of painting, sculptures and other projects throughout Gainesville and Hall County as a way to beautify the area, showcase local creatives and establish community events around the art displays.
The committee has developed a public art policy, which establishes guidelines for selecting works of art to display, parameters for where to display them, and a commitment to diversifying the portfolio.