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All Aboard! Bush Museum Announces Public Art Project

For Release: May 10, 2005
College Station, TX - All aboard! Beginning in fall 2005, the Brazos Valley will have its first major display of themed public art. Going back to its roots as an area only accessible by train, the Brazos Valley will be adorned with approximately 41 fiberglass locomotives sponsored by citizens and local businesses and painted by artists. These “Locomotives on Parade” will be displayed throughout the community, at locations chosen by the locomotives’ sponsors.

This exciting new project will not only promote public art in the community, but will be a fundraising vehicle for the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum that will provide funding for future exhibits and promote business and tourism. Sponsorship is in the form of unpainted fiberglass models that cost $2,500. Each sponsor will hire an artist to paint and/or decorate their model and then the sponsor may display it at their own facility from November 2005 through May 2006. The display will culminate in an auction event at the Museum in May 2006, with proceeds benefiting Museum exhibits.

While the trains adorn the community, the Museum will feature Trains: Tracks of the Iron Horse, a multi-gallery exhibit on railroads that will introduce visitors to the rich technological, social, and economic history of the railroad industry. The exhibit will feature photographs, model trains and artifacts from some of the preeminent railroad museums across the United States.

For more information on the display, the exhibit or if interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Susie Cox at (979) 691-4065 or at susanne.cox@nara.gov

The Museum at the George Bush Presidential Library hours are Monday – Saturday, 9:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from 12:00 until 5:00 p.m. Museum admission is $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for senior citizens 62+ and active retired military with ID, as well as groups of 20 or more with advance reservations. Children 6 and older are $2.00; TAMU and Blinn College students as well as children under 6 are free.
George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
1000 George Bush Drive West, College Station, Texas 77845
Telephone: (979) 691-4000 | Facsimile: (979) 691-4050 | TTY: (979) 691-4091