TrIP Blog Day 9: Wearing the 8 by Bethany Mikell, Megan Steward and Kelly Berry

TrIP Blog Day 9: Wearing the 8 by Bethany Mikell, Megan Steward and Kelly Berry #TrIP_Orlando #publictransportation #publicart

The Transit Interpretation Project (TrIP)’s blog post for Day 9 is by designers Bethany Mikell, Megan Steward and Kelly Berry who rode Link 8 on November 10. Above is a photo collage of works in progress.

Chris Belt from the Orlando Weekly wrote Fashion designer Bethany Mikell completed her trip Nov. 10, along with friends and fellow artists Kelly Berry and Megan Steward. Berry and Steward sketched many of the passengers who came and went along Link 8, which goes from the downtown LYNX Central Station to International Drive. The sketches will be embroidered on a dress Mikell is designing, which will feature a macramé detail of the shape of the route itself. She plans to have the dress modeled and photographed at locations along the route.

Artistic concerns aside, Mikell says their interactions with other passengers were very positive, with curious riders asking about the sketches and the project. One man, however, was extremely anxious at the beginning of their trip when the bus arrived five minutes late. If he missed the transfer to his next bus – the last one of the day – he would have had to walk two hours from the bus stop to his home.

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