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Public Art - BRT Shelters

BRT Shelters

BRT Shelter artwork provides unique and interesting art in a functional way

John Hall and Joice Hall - South

Calgary has an amazing collection of public art built by the creativity and generosity of individuals and organizations.

Thousands of Calgarians make trips on transit every day.

BRT Shelter artwork celebrates both:

  • MAX Line provides unique and interesting art in a functional way.
  • It makes your trip more enjoyable and our city more vibrant.

Margaret Shelton - North

Local travel, local artists

As part of the MAX BRT construction, 90 stations have been uniquely designed and include art reproductions on the glass shelter walls.  For the MAX Orange, MAX Teal, and MAX Yellow, the selected images are from the City’s Public Art Collection except for two stations near Heritage Park which are from the Glenbow Archives.

Artworks from The City of Calgary Public Art Collection were used to celebrate the depth and breadth of the Collection, an important legacy built over the last century. Selected artworks are intended to brighten or bring interest to the spaces for transit users and passersby. The selected images from the Collection represent the works of nearly 90 artists, most of whom have lived and worked in Calgary at one point in time. Some of the oldest artworks included date back to 1938 and highlight different areas of our city such as Sunalta and Memorial Drive.

For the MAX Purple line, images were selected through a competitive process from artists in the community.  Twelve shelters along the MAX Purple line from Easthills shopping centre along 17th Avenue S.E. into downtown, feature artists who live, work, or have a connection to the Greater Forest Lawn area.

Learn more about the artwork in bus shelters along these MAX routes - MAX OrangeMAX TealMAX Purple, and MAX Yellow.

Maxwell Bates and Barry Smylie - North

Fabrication Process

The images of the art are digitally printed onto tempered glass with ceramic pigmented inks. The glass is thick and resistant to vandalism, damage and fading by the sun.

Public Investment and Value

This project was given 1 per cent of the BRT budget for four MAX lines: approximately $1.6 million.

Artists (or their estates) for the three lines will be paid approximately $1,000 - $1500 for the use of each image.

Greg Arnold - South

International Avenue Public Art

As part of the BRT MAX Purple line project, The City is working with the International Avenue BRZ to install up to five artworks by local artists along International Avenue. Learn more​.