Transit Loves the Arts winners announced
Underneath the busy I-195 overpass in Midtown Miami on Thursday night, transit lovers and culture connoisseurs gathered for a lively concert and to learn the results of the Transit Loves the Arts contest.
The Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) wanted to provide local artists with a unique canvas to display their designs: A Miami-Dade County Metrobus. What’s better than seeing a beautiful work of art? Seeing it cruise through the County streets.
"These bus wraps are just one of the many ways we are promoting public transportation and encouraging ridership in Miami-Dade County,” said Carlos A. Gimenez, Miami-Dade County Mayor. “I want to congratulate the contest winners and thank all of the artists who participated for their contributions."
The New Tropic and Prism Creative Group collaborated to promote the contest, which garnered over 100 entries. A panel that included artists, curators, and art-lovers selected five first place winners and ten runners up.
Winners include prominent local artists, whose works have exhibited throughout South Florida and in the Wynwood Art District.
The five first place winners are: Nathan “Nate Dee” Delinois, Carlos Alvarez, Hector Andrade, Daniel “Krave” Fila, and the duo Laz Ojalde and Natalie Zlamalova (AMLgMATD). Each will have their winning design printed and wrapped around a Miami-Dade Metrobus.
Runners up, who will have their work displayed on the back of a bus include: Jenny Perez, Rush Bowles, Courtney Einhorn, Renda Writer, James Miille, Hermes Berrio, David Le Batard, Francisca Oyhanarte, Ileana Collazo, and Christie Debler.
“The winners of the Transit Loves the Arts contest represent the amazing talent we have in our County,” said Alice N. Bravo, P.E., Director of DTPW. “The vibrant designs will not only look great as they travel through our streets, but will also increase the appeal of our transit service. Art is a powerful tool, and it’s one that we hope to use to encourage new riders to give transit a try.”