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Project Bottlestop: A Solar-Powered, Bottle-Adorned Bus Shelter

Posted By Ariel Schwartz On December 7, 2009 @ 6:00 pm In Art,Recycled Materials,Renewable Energy,Solar Power | 1 Comment

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We’ve seen plenty of innovative bus shelters [1] before [2], 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 [3] soft drink bottles illuminated by LED lights [4] 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.

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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 [5] 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!

+ Art in Motion [5]
+ Aaron Scales [6]


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[1] innovative bus shelters: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/06/01/solar-powered-bus-shelter-unveiled-in-san-francisco/

[2] before: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/11/02/bus-stop-shelter/

[3] Ale-8-One: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale-8-One

[4] LED lights: http://www.inhabitat.com/tag/leds/

[5] Art in Motion: http://www.art-in-motion.us/page3/page3.html

[6] + Aaron Scales: http://www.aaronscales.com/

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