Location: Peloton Building, Portland, OR
Medium: Etched glass and colored frit
Year completed: 2016
“Commuters” is a permanent exterior glass art installation along the N. Williams Avenue bike corridor in Portland, Oregon. The artwork consists of 23 panels ranging in size from 4’ to 10’. The panels have had 2-6” grooves etched into their surface and these grooves have been filled with transparent colored frit. The frit reacts to the ambient daylight creating a sophisticated glittering finish. The installation is channel lit from below and glows warmly during the night creating subtle interest passing by. The artists spent time on the site watching the commuters and daily users pass by on their bicycles. This research led the artist to base the final design on the diversity of the wheel sizes that they saw pass by. Through this simple observation the artists realized that all age groups and skill levels of bicycle riders use the N. Williams bicycle corridor. The final panels were created to represent these daily commuters (families and individuals), racers, and joy riders who use the corridor.