The move will reduce nuisance concerns; art to be returned to artist
TriMet will be removing The Living Room artwork from the Gresham Central Transit Center at the end of October. While the sculptural installation of mixed media “living room furniture” was intended to enhance the area and be a place for riders to wait for buses and MAX, it has become a concern for nuisance behavior and loitering.
Completed in 2001, the artwork has raised safety and security concerns since 2008. The work became physically degraded and was fully restored in 2010. Three years later the artwork is again in disrepair and the plaza area remains a safety concern. TriMet’s Executive Director of Safety, Security and Environmental Services agrees that The Living Room is a public safety issue and should be removed.
Due to the nature of the mosaic “rug,” The Living Room cannot be re-sited without significant damage. Artist Tamie Ringler has agreed to allow the work to be dismantled, leaving the mosaic in place while the “furniture” is removed and returned to her.
The TriMet Public Art Advisory Committee formally supported the recommendation.