Art along the Transitway


Tom Sherman, Accelerator/Decelerator, 1990

Title: Accelerator/Decelerator
Artist: Tom Sherman
Year: 1990
Materials: glazed concrete blocks
Location: Lycée Claudel Transitway Station
City of Ottawa Art Collection: 2001-0400

Using principles of perspective and motion, this work located in the pedestrian underpass area, is designed to present a visual directional context for passengers as they enter and exit the station.


Bellwether - one sheep on the loading platform.

Title: Bellwether
Artists: Erin Robertson and Anna Williams
Year: 2011
Materials: bronze with patina
Location: Longfields Transitway Station

City of Ottawa Art Collection: 2011-0001

Bellwether is a permanent sculptural installation, primarily located on the vegetative roofs of the transit station. The artwork consists of four life-sized sheep and one life-sized Border Collie sheepdog, all cast in bronze and finished with patina.

Bellwether is intended to create an overall sense of the movement of a community through a designated space. It investigates the subtleties of various roles and relationships within established groups. Playfully comparing the contemporary public transit system to traditional agricultural herding practices, the installation is suggestive of social cooperation and adaptation which are both characteristics of an effective transit system.

Bellwether -sheep and Border Collie on the vegetative roof.



Title: Currents
Artist: Cheryl Pagurek
Year: 2011
Materials: video and LED panels
Location: Marketplace Transitway Station
City of Ottawa Art Collection: 2011-0002

Central themes found in Cheryl Pagurek’s artwork investigate concepts of time, memory, history and the ephemeral quality of the disappearing past. Currents, a twenty-minute loop of constantly changing video, prominently features imagery of the Jock River, maintaining a link to the nearby body of water in an area of constant urban development. Through the incorporation of historical images of the area, surrounding rural lands, and footage of contemporary city transit – OC Transpo busses and O-Train - Currents celebrates the surrounding environment. The installation situates public transit within a narrative of progress while highlighting ecological appreciation. By locating the present site within a continuum, the video footage harkens to the past and preserves the present for future generations. The historical images in Currents were drawn from many sources, and the artist thanks all contributors.

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Mark Marsters, mem-o-mobilia. Further information about the artwork is included in the following paragraph

Title: mem-o-mobilia
Artist: Mark Marsters
Year: 1991
Materials: enamel on aluminum
Location: Billings Bridge Transitway Station
City of Ottawa Art Collection: 2001-0584

Thirty-six colour panels are adapted from advertising, news items and commercial products that affected people living in the Billings Bridge area during the 19th and 20th centuries. The title of the artwork is a play on the word memorabilia, meaning souvenirs of memorable events or periods. The panels are grouped into eras: 12 images refer to 1814, the year the Billings family settled along the Rideau River. Central panels refer to 1867, the year of Confederation. By 1900, the population of Billings Bridge had grown to 200. Panels on the north wall feature these images.

Wheels above each panel reference the trains and streetcars that once moved though parts of Ottawa. Although the panels do not move, the wheels suggest change and motion. 

Quarry Pillar

Susan Feindel, Quarry Pillar, 1993

Title: Quarry Pillar
Artist: Susan Feindel
Materials: mosaic tile mural
 Greenboro Transitway Station
City of Ottawa Art Collection: 2001-0325

This artwork comprises 200-square-feet of unglazed, fully vitrified clay tiles in rich, earthy tones.  Although the imagery is abstract, it conveys a strong sense of movement and liveliness as visible in the right side of the mural which contains a concentration of orange and yellow tiles presented in a bold spiral with rays extending around it.  Feindel wanted to express human and natural creativity and how they are intimately connected.  There is a sense of both conflict and harmony in the work, seen through the disparity between the hectic lines of the composition which are executed in a soothing, earthy palette.   The piece strongly suggests energy and movement, causing the viewer’s eye to wander around the entire work.  The perceptive viewer will notice the artist’s signature in dark coloured tiles integrated into the composition and located in the bottom right hand corner.           

South Keys Code

south keys underground

Title: South Keys Code
Artist: Ineke Standish (1945 - 2001)
Year: 1996
Materials: embossed stainless steel mural plates
Location: South Keys Transitway Station
City of Ottawa Art Collection: 2001-0552

Located along the north and south walls of the South Keys underpass, Standish's mural encourages transit users to touch the tiles and decode eleven Braille symbols. Green and blue evoke the essence of a lush watery landscape and open sky while stainless steel tiles represent a plant or an animal that inhabited the South Keys area when it was marshland. The artist considered Braille to be a sculptural language that can recall a relationship between memory, history and culture.


Gerald McMaster, Untitled, 1991 Gerald McMaster, Untitled (detail), 1991

Title: Untitled
Artist: Gerald McMaster
Materials: epoxy coating          
 Riverside Transitway Station              
City of Ottawa Art Collection: 2001-0398   

Drawn from traditional Plains Cree symbols used in the artist's native culture, humans, horses, handprints, dots and crosses suggest movement and freedom in modern urban transportation.  The artwork is located at the embarkation area and continues along the western stairwell and the upstairs hallway.