Art on Transit

This public art project will see unique images inspired by Barrie’s Poet Laureate, and created by local artists, installed on 10 Barrie Transit bus shelters in each ward.

The Barrie Public Art Committee in partnership with Barrie Transit is creating a public art installation that will illuminate and enhance the user experience on Barrie Transit. Inspired by an original poem written by our newly crowned Poet Laureate, Tyneisha Thomas, visual artists will create unique images that celebrate Barrie’s diverse community and our shared experience in this place we call home.

This public art initiative is considered temporary with a maximum lifespan of 5 years. The artworks on display will contribute to civic pride, bring vibrancy to our city, and highlight the talent in our community. Once complete, citizens are encouraged to ride Barrie Transit to view the entire series of images and consider the new perspectives presented in each shelter.

Project Milestones

  • Call to artists submission deadline: July 19, 2023
  • Review and artist selection: July 26, 2023
  • Selected artists notified: July 31, 2023
  • Artwork installation: September 29, 2023

unexpected destinations, by Tyneisha Thomas, 2023

A Barrie city bus
controlled by one driver,
encounters lots of different riders.

Residents come in all heights and sizes, skin tones and hair styles, ages and genders yet ride peacefully together.
Each person so different,
on their own daily mission;
connected through the stop that the bus shelter provides.

One driver,
one route,
yet each person's destination is entirely different.
Paths are crossed,
as riders enter and get off,
some smile before carrying on with their day.

What if you decided to say hi to the driver,
or to the person riding next to you?
What if you missed your stop,
then walked a few blocks.
Just imagine...
how much your perspective would change,
as you explore the city you call home.