***Updated from 6/2015 The Tribune has finally discovered the CTA Art Collection which I first wrote about in June 2015.***
Usually we’re all rushing in and out of CTA stations but if you have the time stop and take a look or better yet take a tour. The collection includes mosaics, sculptures and paintings. More than 50 pieces of art are exhibited at over 40 CTA stations. More artwork has been commission for 10 additional stations on the blue and red lines.
Many of the pieces are the result of the Arts in Transit Program, which is funded by the Federal Transit Administration and coordinated locally through the City of Chicago’s Department of Tourism and Culture.
A number of other pieces were created through the CTA’s Adopt-A-Station program and through partnerships with organizations such as the Chicago Public Art Group. Original artwork adds value not only to our stations and their surrounding communities, but also to the overall transit experience.
No if you don’t have time to take a tour check it out online below.
New art is being commission for the following stations on the Red Line South at:
Additional art is being commission for the following stations on the Red Line South at:
No further information is available at this time. Here are the conceptual renderings.
Installation of the new pieces of art is scheduled to begin this fall on the Red Line North with all work complete by the end of the year. These new pieces will be permanently on display and will expand CTA’s public art collection that already has more than 50 works of art at 41 stations along the various L lines.
Federal Formula Funds provided by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) were used to pay for the total project budget for all seven stations. The total project budget is nearly $621,000 and includes all costs including artist fees, fabrication, shipping/delivery, installation, administrative fees and a project contingency fund.
Use of these funds for the overall project also requires that certain enhancement activities, such as the installation of art, be incorporated into the project plan. These types of enhancements make public transit facilities a greater asset to the community they serve and improve people’s experiences using transit.
The funding for these improvements cannot be used for other purposes.
Station Art Details
After reviewing 100 responses to a Call for Artists for artistic merit and related qualifications, the CTA will award contracts to the following artists to create public art:
- Western: Edra Soto & Dan Sullivan (Chicago)
- California: Patrick McGee (Chicago)
- Damen: Benjamin Ball/Gaston Nogues (Los Angeles, CA)
Federal Formula Funds provided by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will be used to pay for the total art budget for the three stations, which is not to exceed $480,000, and includes costs associated with artist fees, fabrication, shipping/delivery, administrative fees and a project contingency fund.
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