We’ve seen plenty of innovative bus shelters before, but Project Bottlestop might just be the most beautiful. Designed by UK College of Design student Aaron Scales, the shelter uses recycled glass Ale-8-One soft drink bottles illuminated by LED lights to create a unique piece of street art. The whole thing is enclosed in safety glass and is completely self-sustaining, with solar panels providing energy for the shelter’s lighting.
Scales’ bus stop isn’t just a design — it’s an actual bus shelter located in Lexington, Kentucky. The shelter was built as part of an initiative by a non-profit volunteer organization called Art in Motion to serve local bus riders. Art in Motion decided to sponsor a bus shelter design competition after learning that public art and improved amenities increase public transit ridership. Here’s hoping Art in Motion spreads its public art mission even further!