Ringing in 2010 with the Art Bus

Thursday night’s chilly temperatures and gusty winds did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of Capital Metro employees and their families who participated in the First Night Austin 2010 Grand Procession down Congress Avenue on New Year’s Eve.

Local artist Cybil Guest and teens from Arthouse at the Jones Center created the unique design for the bus, and the 3M Corporation donated the materials to make it happen. It was hard to miss the stark black and white of the bus illuminated by several dozen lightbulb-esque dancers both in and outside the bus as we rolled down the parade route. Capital Metro CEO Doug Allen donned his Santa cap and joined in this family event.

After the parade was over Bus Operator Arthur Murillo and his bus became part of the First Night Art Cars installation on the South 1st Street bridge. Arthur also provided route information and directions to chilly revelers who wanted to get a ride home that night on Capital Metro.

Well it seemed like a bright idea at the time.

Thank you to Arthouse at the Jones Center and 3M for helping create this unique partnership and rolling art. The bus is sure to be appearing at bus stops near you over the next few months…

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