Fraser bus shelter reflects town’s spirit
At the beginning of 2013, the site of the old Goranson Station in Fraser was a barren plot of contaminated land.
Old underground fuel tanks had leeched chemicals into the soil, and the site was in dire need of remediation.
“It was a sight that definitely needed some TLC,” said Catherine Trotter, Fraser’s town planner.
The site was landscaped in the summer of 2013, but Trotter, along with Public Works Director Allen Nordin, decided that the site was missing something. It lacked “wow factor,” Trotter said.
Given the site’s location along U.S. Highway 40, a shelter seemed like the perfect option, but not just any shelter.
“We didn’t want some regular wood shelter or something that was blasé,” said Nordin.
So they turned to local architects Krista Klancke and Tim Hodsdon to design something special.
Combining their talents for design with the expert craftsmanship of Justin Frank, owner of Knotty Pine Forge in Granby, Klancke and Hodsdon created a truly unique piece of art that pays homage to Fraser’s rugged outdoor spirit.
Along with a number of generous donors from throughout the Fraser valley, the Goranson Station lot has undergone a complete transformation.
“We decided to embrace the identity of the mountain biking part of Fraser, and so we started out just seeing what we could do with parts of bicycles,” Klancke said.
The frame of the shelter evokes that of a bicycle, Klanche said, while the shelter itself is partly composed of repurposed bike chains, woven into gritty but delicate filigree.
The confluence of chains and panels is both industrial and organic.
Klancke said the use of metal as a primary material was a nod to the area’s ranching history, while the design speaks to something more.
“It kind of visually evokes the natural landscape around us, be it a riverbed carving out something or glacial snow carving out something,” Klancke said.
So far, the piece has fit in well in Fraser.
“I think it’s really exciting to see some positive, fun art that we can focus on and make Fraser kind of funky,” said Mayor Peggy Smith. “I think it’s just a really exciting piece to add to the collection, and hopefully we can continue to do things like this in the future.”
Others echoed Smith’s hope that the shelter could lead to more public beautification projects, maybe even more shelters.
“This is kind of just the catalyst for, hopefully, future projects … to maybe carry on a funky theme for other shelters in other places,” Nordin said.
Klancke said she hopes the shelter will be an inspiration for Fraser’s independent spirits.
“Maybe it inspires the town or even people within the town to continue to kind of rethink how they want to do things and maybe do them a little bit different,” she said.
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