Around the globe, in crosswalks, transit stations, and airports—and on trains, buses, and trucks—artists are helping to improve our experience of moving from one place to another.

Artists in the DOT

City and state transportation departments shape communities in major ways. Now long-term artist residencies are helping them rethink what they do, and how.

Pedestrian-centered highway revival

A car-free zone fills a need for pedestrian-friendly space in a congested city | MVRDV Architects, Seoul, South Korea

Transit Short Story Dispensers

Commuters invited to exchange digital distractions for analog inspiration | Short Edition, Grenoble

Parking tickets that come with calming yoga poses

Calming traffic enforcement with humor | Daniel Peltz, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Signs that lead to public art

Wayfinding helps pedestrians find public sculptures | Bundith Phunsombatlert, New York City

Funktional Vibrations

Colorful mosaic greets commuters | Xenobia Bailey, New York City

Truck Art Project

Trucks become moving artworks | Jaime Colsa + Iam Gallery, Madrid, Spain

A mobile art and banking space

Flexible truck space brings mentoring and financial help across Reservation | Pine Ridge, South Dakota

A very green highway bypass

Public art makes a new highway more palatable | Vicki Scuri, Sandpoint, Idaho

Movement and light in transportation hubs

Installations catch our awareness in transit spaces | Catherine Widgery, Colorado, Minnesota, Oregon, Texas, Ontario

Crosswalk recordings offer positive messages

Artist-technologist made recordings from people across the U.S. | Tim Dye, Petaluma, California

Sky Bridge

Temporary bridge installation highlights public space | Beili Liu, San Francisco, California

Public Posts

Commuters express themselves on subway walls | Matthew Chavez, New York, New York