CENTRAL FALLS BUS SHELTER PROJECT
ENGAGING INDUSTRIAL HISTORY
Late last year, Public Projects teamed up with artist Jonathan L. Harris to create two perforated steel bus shelters for the city of Central Falls. Harris drafted detailed designs of the shelters that were both sleek and modern in appearance, while paying homage to the industrial landscape to which the structures would belong.
Last month, the first of two bus shelters was installed out in front of Central Falls Landing, an area surrounded by old mill buildings and the flowing Blackstone River. The shelter was made from corten steel for durability, and treated with a weathered finish representative of the industrial history of its location. The shelters will provide bus riders protection from the elements, while allowing light to enter through a perforated design that mimics the flow of water down the river.
Over the Winter, the Public Projects team fabricated the two 9.5’x7’16’ shelters in the Steel Yard studio, making the commission one of our largest projects to date. We are confident that the Central Falls bus shelters will withstand the test of time, like some of our earliest bus shelter projects that have been standing for 10 years!