New LTD EmX will have local flavor thanks to Eugene artists
EUGENE, Ore. - Twenty-six new works of art have been scattered throughout the Eugene area, located at the new LTD-EmX bust stops.
Eight local artists are in charge of creating unique works of art, all incorporated into the bus stations around Eugene.
Kari Johnson is one of the local artists whose work is featured at the new LTD-EmX bus stops. She designed the railings on the stop located in the Whiteaker neighborhood at Monroe and Sixth avenue - a place she likes to call home.
"I featured some people who live in the neighborhood," said Johnson. "There is some sort of events in the Whiteaker - people who seem supernatural or something."
Johnson is a painter, but she couldn't pass up the opportunity to create something unique which would reflect her community.
"I have never done metal work, and this is a chance for me to branch into a whole new material and feel supported and have my art be in town for my towns people," said Johnson.
According to the Federal Transportation Administration, every piece of artwork has to be functional within the station to be used. But these pieces also give the community an opportunity to enjoy local art throughout their day.
"People who don't have access to galleries or museums are able to take in this beautiful art and learn something new," said Therese Lang of the Lane Transit District.
NBC 16 will feature a preview of the new EmX route in West-Eugene on Wednesday, and the new route will open on Sunday.