Artist, Michele Tejuola Turner, Charlotte, NC
From the Charlotte Transportation Center on Brevard Street in Uptown to the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, the Sprinter Bus passengers traveling along Wilkinson Boulevard, or to and from the airport, see 26 bus shelters serving the line. Each bus shelter features etched glass windscreens designed by area artist Tejuola Turner. Her imagery is informed by the local history and community input received by the artist at several neighborhood meetings conducted by CATS.
Turner’s art references historic sites such as Camp Greene, a United States Army training camp from 1917-1919. Her image of a “dough boy” soldier from a 1918 picture postcard is depicted at the Arty stop. While other locations, such as the Ashley stop, captures more recent history, including a popular drive-in eatery built in the 1940’s and an ice-cream establishment from the 1950’s. Turner’s art at the Midland stop is intended to honor of industrial workers who were employed at textile mills in Charlotte.
Titled On the Move
, the 26 shelters are either installed or being installed along Wilkinson Boulevard, Morehead Street, and Brevard Street at the Charlotte Transportation Center.