March 30, 2009 (RALEIGH, NC) – Tonic Design | Tonic Construction and Gail Peter Borden, AIA, have been selected by the Raleigh Arts Commission in collaboration with Capital Area Transit ( CAT) for the second annual Art On The Move bus wrap competition. As one of 12 finalists, their design will be applied to the side of a bus, which will circulate on city bus routes and promote the work of local artists and designers.
Tonic Design + Tonic Construction and Gail Peter Borden, a former architecture professor at the NC State College of Design, have collaborated on a design for the Art On The Move submission. Interested in both civic art and increasing public awareness of local transit systems within the city of Raleigh, the team was inspired to create a design that engages CAT riders and non-riders alike.
A representation of the inner workings of the bus, the design is a two-diimensional graphic that depicts a three-dimensional space. The viewer is able to see through the bus, revealing the “inside,” riders and machinery. An image that is otherwise hidden is now exposed for public view, contemplation and imagination.
A closer look reveals a graphic “Pixelation.” A vivid representation of an oak leaf becomes the medium for depicting the lively sketch of the bus riders and inner workings. Each line is composed of a collection of diversely orientated oak leaves. A symbol of the City of Raleigh becomes the heart of the design.
The Art-on–the-Move buses will be revealed on May 16th at Artsplosure, an arts festival in downtown Raleigh.
Tonic Design + Tonic Construction, a design/build firm, has won several American Institute of Architect awards at the local, state, and regional levels and has been featured in Dwell, Residential Architect, and Custom Home magazines. Recently Tonic Construction was named the preferred builder for the New American Home Development, which will feature homes by 12 local designers. For more information visit