Public Projects
MUNI M-Line Platforms

A Public Art Commission for the City of San Francisco and MUNI
Two transit shelters; 19th Avenue at Holloway Avenue and 19th Avenue at Winston Avenue, San Francisco, CA

Collaboration with Leonard Hunter

This pair of transit shelters, made in collaboration with Leonard Hunter, was my first large public commission. It followed a series of installations in which I invited viewers to participate in the artwork. With that spirit, this project was made with the input and involvement of many communities and individuals—as well as city architects, engineers, SF Art Commission and Muni workers. I believe that those who live where a project is built should have input into its form and content. To determine the form of the shelters, we held neighborhood workshops in which participants expressed their ideas and practical needs. This input is reflected in the design of the seating, lighting signage and windscreens. The form itself was inspired by the site. The curving canopies are patterned after the topography of the surrounding hills, and the zigzag of the fascia is from the profile of neighborhood rooftops.

Read an article about this project:
June 1995
Bressi, Todd W. Communication with the Community, Art in Transit, Federal Transit Administration (PDF)



Special thanks to the San Francisco Arts Commission for obtaining grants through the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act to enable the completion of this project and to the community members who supported the process

©2012 Sheila Ghidini