Baltimore Bus Stop Design Leaves No Doubt

Part street furniture, part advertisement for public transit, part public art—the designers of a new bus stop installation in Baltimore call it "an obvious bus stop."
August 11, 2014, 2pm PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"This summer, people waiting for the bus on South East Avenue in the Highlandtown neighborhood of Baltimore were treated to a public art sculpture that its designers, Madrid-based artist collective Mmmm, call 'an obvious bus stop,'" reports Kristin Hohenadel.

The design, according to Hohenadel, is so "patently obvious and instantly appealing that it makes you wonder why the world isn’t full of 14-foot-tall, 7-foot-wide three-letter bus stop typography sculptures that spell out the word BUS."

As for the intentions of the designers, Hohenadel reports that "[Mmmm designer Emilio] Alarcón told me that the designers wanted “to create a very friendly bus stop to contrast with the industrial city” of Baltimore and help revitalize the Highlandtown neighborhood."

If you're looking for more pictures of the stop, Designboom has a bunch directly from Mmmm, including some cute images of children playfully interacting with the new stop.

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Published on Friday, August 8, 2014 in Slate
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