Don Asbee 2007 Forged Steel
Wabash Station exterior, east entrance
126 N. Tenth Street Columbia, MO
Asbee was impacted by the history of the Wabash Station as began his design process. The resulting sculpture depicts a train as it would have been seen from the platform of the old depot and bears the number of an actual locomotive that serviced the Wabash Station. The number, 808, was selected so to read from either side of the work, as bus riders come or go. The building receives more than one million people annually, making it an ideal location for this Percent for Art project and the paintings by David Spear that are featured in the interior of the building.
Time in Transit
David Spear 2007 oil on canvas
Wabash Station interior
126 N. Tenth Street, Columbia, MO
oil on canvas
Spear’s four-painting series frames the clock just above the original ticket windows in the lobby of the Wabash Station and uses time as a theme, documenting the past and present uses of the station. Spear used live models for all of the figures, including Herbert Crum, a longtime employee of the bus service who is depicted as the conductor; fellow artist Don Asbee, who created the Wabash 808 sculpture just outside of the station; and family members. Spear painted himself as the ghostlike figure fading from the station lobby to emphasize how quickly the present becomes the past. The paintings, and Asbee’s exterior sculpture, were commissioned as part of the city’s Percent for Art program.