John Metcalfe was CityLab’s Bay Area bureau chief, covering climate change and the science of cities.
Express your love for Bay Area transit by wearing little pieces of it.
But here's proof at least one person appreciates the transit system: a designer dress that took three years and 192 train tickets to put together.
The curious apparel is the work of Oakland's Sean Porter, who stitched it with a sewing machine and see-through thread. To be accurate, the actual crafting only took a few months. The rest of the time Porter was saving up cards with pennies on them from his trips around the Bay.
The lines of the dress were inspired by the shape of the Transamerica Pyramid, according to Bartable. You can kind of see the similarities:
The dress has a companion piece in a series of draping velour ribbons echoing the colors of the BART map. Porter explains more about the commuterish clothing:
Sewing only BART tickets together, I have created a mid-thigh length cocktail dress. I was inspired by the line and design of the BART tickets. The precision in the time of travel is equally inspiring. I wanted to invoke the feeling of precision by tactfully placing each ticket together to create the symmetrical bodice.... Striving to be bold, beautiful, and true, has resulted in the piece in which I have titled, "b'ART."
Locals can check out the dress at Piedmont Fabrics until the end of the month, and everybody else will have to make due with photos: