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uOttawa Station: A reflection of innovative and creative environment

uOttawa Station: A reflection of innovative and creative environment

Rendering of uOttawa Station

uOttawa Station will be located at the University of Ottawa, next to the Rideau Canal.

The new station will serve customers travelling to and from the University of Ottawa, but will also allow students to travel to Carleton University quickly by connecting to the O-Train Trillium Line at Bayview Station. Students will be able to travel between the two campuses within an hour.

Customers waiting on the uOttawa Station platform or enjoying the new main level plaza will be able to take in the views of the iconic Rideau Canal year round and easily connect to pedestrian and cycling infrastructure nearby. The station will connect the existing Rideau Canal underpass to a new pedestrian plaza and multi-use pathway. Pedestrian connections will be enhanced by continuing and completing the multi-use pathways from the University of Ottawa and the Rideau Canal through the pedestrian underpass and over the Corkstown Footbridge. Customers will also be able to use the footbridge to easily access the Sandy Hill and Golden Triangle neighbourhoods.

An expanded plaza area between Vanier, Caron and Marion Halls will also provide a convenient connection between the station and the university campus.

Station Highlights:

  • Inviting new public plaza;
  • Illuminated “O” pylons and lantern boxes at each station will provide wayfinding, customer information, and station identification;  
  • Passenger information displays on the platforms will show estimated train arrival times;
  • Numerous accessibility features including, but not limited to: tactile wayfinding tiles, braille/tactile signage, platform edge indicator strips, dual elevators and ramps and audible and visual announcements;
  • Cyclists will have access to bike racks and bike “runnels,” which will allow cyclists to easily walk their bikes up and down stairs;
  • Architecture will provide clear and easy passenger navigation within the station; and
  • Fare gates and ticket machines equipped with customer help points to assist customers on their journey.

What’s Nearby:

  • The University of Ottawa;
  • The Rideau Canal; and
  • An easy walk from Sandy Hill and the Golden Triangle.

Public Art:

Located in the heart of an academic institution, uOttawa Station will embody the theme of “Innovation” as a hub for public art that speaks to creative innovation and social practice. 

Public art rendering

  • Title: Train of Thought
  • Artist: Derek Michael Besant (Calgary, AB)
  • Cost (design and fabrication): $200,000

The artist explains his non-integrated piece this way: “There is an interesting phenomenon that happens between people when brief glances take place as you walk by strangers. Sometimes a person is deep in thought, or on their phone, but a micro expression will be exchanged... That fleeting body language is something that happens unconsciously and yet it lies at the very base of our human connection with one another. The concourse corridor at uOttawa Station is the pedestrian tunnel where people pass each other all day long. My concept is to introduce an artwork that echoes the fleeting encounters we have with one another by situating 37 large-scale portraits based on cross-sections of people who frequent the university environment. These portraits will be purposefully taken out-of-focus so they "remind" us of people we might know but who remain elusive. Each face will contain a single word in either French or English that floats up between the artwork and the viewer. These words will be directed towards the viewer as potential reflections of the things going on in their individual lives, and so might resonate within their private thought patterns as they walk through the concourse.  

The faces in the black and white portraits will also appear to change their gaze, following the viewer at the same pace in which they are walking through the tunnel. This will create a flow/momentum between the portraits and the people, like a conversation. 

The artwork becomes a mirror of the various people who use the site and invites possibilities of interpretations of what people are thinking behind their faces when they look at you...”

Artist’s biography

Derek Michael Besant is a Professor in Visual Arts at The Alberta College of Art + Design. His research working with the University of Alberta Health Law Department and the Stem Cell Research Foundation in Ottawa is directed at how the brain "sees." This artwork will utilize advanced technology to create optical encounters that will involve passing pedestrians. He lived in Ottawa as a child and has strong memories from that experience. This artwork contains and constructs a kind of remembrance of how we assemble what we know in our brains. That experience is not always clear, but invites us to construct our individual identity around it, which is what the artwork strives to do among perfect strangers.  

Public art rendering

  • Title: Sphere Field
  • Artist: Kenneth Emig (Ottawa, ON)
  • Cost (design and fabrication): $200,000

“Sphere Field” is a 2-meter cube of mirror and glass containing lights and a reflective sphere forming a sculptural observatory. While the spaces of the University of Ottawa and the uOttawa Station surrounding the artwork will change with time and season, “Sphere Field” will reflect that change while remaining unchanged itself.

“Sphere Field” is part of an ongoing series of light boxes and reflective objects borne out of my curiosity, habits and history. As people move through the station, often several times a day, the sculpture provides opportunities for engagement and reflection.

I hope “Sphere Field” becomes a location that generates questions, inquiries and discussions both about the work and questioning itself, bringing the viewer’s own life experiences within the fold of “Sphere Field”.

– Kenneth Emig

Artist’s biography

Kenneth Emig is a transdisciplinary artist who integrates visual art, dance, sound and technology into his practice. His visual art encompasses wall works, sculpture, installation, stage design and public art.

Kenneth explores perceptions, senses and environment, influenced by the process, methods and materials of high tech research, design and global manufacturing.

His work is a response to the world around him, focusing his curiosity and observations, and he hopes to encourage awareness and curiosity of the world around us.