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The only transit shelter designed and built as a piece of public art in Winnipeg was unveiled Wednesday afternoon on the edge of the University of Winnipeg campus.
"There was so much to learn" through the creative process of designing and building the shelter and an accompanying sculpture located nearby, artist David Perrett said.
The project was commissioned through the Winnipeg Arts Council's public arts program. A proposal was circulated among the arts community, looking for an artist to create a transit-focused gateway to the U of W. A jury picked Perrett's design.
The shelter is located on the south side of Ellice Avenue near Colony Street. Perrett designed the oversized shelter -- made from local mortared stone including sandstone reclaimed from Wesley Hall -- and employed local tradespeople to put it together.
The shelter features mortared stone corners, a sand garden roof supported by two red construction I-beams, sculptured stone seating and large, glass sides. Perrett called the work City.Block.Stop.
University president Lloyd Axworthy said the art work is helping to forge the campus's reputation as an arts precinct and destination.