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Sun Metro Rapid Transit System (RTS) Mesa Line Bus Stations

Location: El Paso, TX
Customer: Martinez Brothers Contractors, LLC
Project Owner: City of El Paso, TX
Architectural/Engineering Firm: Carl Daniel Architects in conjunction with Catherine Widgery(Artist)
Product Used: EG020, 1-1/2” x 1/8” aluminum bars assembled in an egg-crate fashion w/ horizontal bars class I clear anodized finish and vertical bars custom painted for graphic affect.

Product Overview: The Sun Metro Transit System has made many enhancements at the bus stations and stops along their routes in 2014. Many of the stations will be showcasing will feature artwork by Catherine Widgery, an artist from the Boston area. This artwork, “Leaves of Air”, showcases local flora, with images taken by an area photographer, Patrick Walker. OGi’s aluminum egg crate was selected as the backdrop for these images because of the dimensional properties, strength and durability. The bars were either individually painted with the selected flora or clear anodized and then assembled into panels to create the desired look. All of the panels were framed without welding and installed using angle brackets and stainless steel tamper –resistant hardware.

When looking straight on at the panels, the design is not immediately seen, but when viewing from a slight angle, the image comes directly into focus showcasing the beauty of nature. These artistic screens not only enhance the aesthetics of each of the stations, but also allow ventilation and additional shading from the hot El Paso sun.

The first installation, located at the Glory Road Brio Station (shown above), was completed in May of 2014, with an additional 19 stations to be installed in the months to come. There are 3 different configurations and different images on each of the panels for the stations. Approximately 25 pieces are to be used in each station with total of 507 pieces shipped to date.

All images are courtesy of Patrick Walker

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