Macon sculptor transforms bus cease into visible artwork

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MACON, Ga (41NBC/WMGT) — Macon’s initially ‘Art Stop’ is finish — many thanks to the Macon Arts Alliance and the Macon-Bibb County Transit Authority.

Macon’s initial ‘Art Stop’ at the intersection of Cherry Road and MLK has been reworked into visual art.

“Make it playful. Make it lighthearted. Not controversial, a little something that all people can appreciate,” mentioned Macon artist James Bodell of JR Bodell Sculpture, Inc.

The design and style, titled ‘Diversity in Motion’, is filled with a selection of colours and designs. This symbolizes the diversity of persons and modes of transportation in the local community.

“The dimensions of the parts, the colours. All the things has its individual put in the earth. But we are all reduce from the exact fabric,” explained Bodell.

Bodell came up with the idea for the bus end design. He states the transformative art from his hometown — Portland, Oregon — impressed him.

“At just about every corner, you flip almost there is a huge scale sculpture,” claimed Bodell.

According to the Macon Arts Alliance, the intent of the challenge was to use public art to enhance the visual enchantment of a bus end in an city, high populated place.

“Riders could knowledge a little something creative,” said  Julie Wilkerson, executive director for the alliance.

Wilkerson states she was also encouraged by artwork stops in other communities. She stated she wrote the grant, obtained the funding, partnered with the Macon Transit Authority.

The Cherry Street/MLK bus cease is the only artwork halt for now, but Wilkerson suggests they are wanting to expand exterior of Downtown Macon.

“We are wanting in East Macon and West Macon,” claimed Wilkerson.

Downtown Problem 2019 paid for Bodell’s structure, a challenge of the Group Foundation of Central Ga funded by the Knight Foundation and Peyton Anderson Foundation.