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Neighborhood inspired art to appear at City Line bus stops

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Spokane Arts
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A rendering of art planned at a bus stop in Brownes Addition. The Artist, Kate Reed, took inspiration from the historic neighborhood.

Bus stops on the city’s new rapid transit bus line will also double as art installations.

Melissa Huggins, the Executive Director of Spokane Arts, said each piece was designed with feedback from the community in hopes of capturing the neighborhood’s character.

“Many of the designs are sort of related in terms of patterns and colors," Huggins said, "so there's a theme that carries through each group of stations, but the individual stations each have some elements that are unique to that station.”

Examples include designs that invoke stain glass and vintage wallpaper in Brownes Addition. In Chief Garry, station designs incorporate artwork by local elementary school students, which is meant to reflect the family-friendly feel of the neighborhood.

The City Line is a rapid transit bus line that will connect Spokane from East to West.

Huggins said the art will likely start popping next year, when the Spokane Transit Authority finishes construction on the City Line bus stops. Installations will appear on the glass walls and potentially in the metal work around stops.

Rebecca White is a 2018 graduate of Edward R Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. She's been a reporter at Spokane Public Radio since February 2021. She got her start interning at her hometown paper The Dayton Chronicle and previously covered county government at The Spokesman-Review.