Metro Seeking Public Art for Silver Line

Though Phase 2 construction has yet to begin, process is underway for art in the six future stations.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) is seeking artists to contribute public art works at Phase 2 Silver Line Metro stations, including two in Ashburn.

Metro's Art in Transit Program, funded by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), will place works at six future Silver Line stations. The art  will promote transit use, enhance travel by Metro, and highlight the cultural vitality of the National Capital region, according to materials from Metro.

MWAA is managing the design and construction of the Silver Line Project, the Metro extension that is set to begin operating at the end of 2013. Phase 1 of Silver Line will run from Tysons Corner to Reston's Wiehle Avenue. Phase 2, which does not yet have a construction start date, will run from Wiehle to Washington Dulles International Airport and west to Loudoun County.

Artists have already been commissioned for Phase 1 stations.

Phase 2 will have Fairfax County stations at Reston Parkway, Herndon, and Innovation Center, as well as the three stations in Loudoun County: Dulles Airport, Route 606, and Route 772. 

Deadline for submissions is Feb. 15.

For more details on submissions, including a timeline for selections, click here


No Toll Increase January 24, 2013 at 05:22 PM
They're worried about "Public Art" when they won't even have a maintenance yard or new cars ready for the line when it's supposed to open? WMATA and MWAA have no concept of how much resentment they are building in this community as they pillage us with their insane tolls for this White Elephant project. These silly fluff articles don't help the situation.
No Toll Increase January 24, 2013 at 06:05 PM
Some good quotes from the WMATA page you linked to: "The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) Art in Transit Program is seeking artists to create site-specific artwork, funded by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (Airports Authority)" That is probably an error, this "art" is likely being funded by Phase 2 of the Rail Project, which is 62% toll-funded. "The maximum budget for the art project for each station is $250,000 (artist fee included)." So $1.5 million for this artwork, 62% funded by tolls, means $930,000 in up-front costs, funded by tolls. Figure in MWAA's 6.07% interest rate on the toll-backed bonds so far, and it's close to $3 million dollars of our toll money scheduled to be wasted on this "art". Seriously?!?!
Bob Bruhns January 24, 2013 at 11:43 PM
The cost of art does not explain why our stations are so incredibly expensive. Compare our Rt 28 style station costs to Fairfield Connecticut's Metro Station cost (completed December 2011). 1) Fairfield's Metro station can accommodate 12-car trains (ours can only accommodate 8-car trains), 2) Fairfield's Metro station is the more expensive 'dual side-platform' design (ours are the less costly 'island platform' design), 3) Fairfield's Metro station has full-length canopies on both of their twelve-car platforms (ours have a half-length canopies on our single 8-car platforms), YET THE FAIRFIELD METRO STATION COSTS LESS THAN HALF OF WHAT OUR DULLES-RAIL / SILVER LINE METRO STATIONS COST. Can anyone explain that? There are other examples of double pricing, too - see http://www.bruhns.us/civic/DullesRail/Dulles-Rail---Silver-Line-overcost-report---Bruhns.pdf People, when are you going to wake up? We are being routinely double-charged for our Metrorail system, and WMATA just informed us that they need $26 Billion (SURPRISE!!!) to upgrade the Metrorail system. Our 'leaders' are letting transit agencies double-charge us! We already can not afford the $5.6 Billion the Dulles Rail / Silver Line system costs (BEFORE finance charges) - and now here comes WMATA, looking for another $26 Billion. That's $26 Billion NOW - one has to wonder how much that $26 billion number will expand, before their game is finished.
Bob Bruhns January 24, 2013 at 11:45 PM
Here is a link about WMATA's $26 Billion needs. Our leaders signed us up for more than they realized. Now I guess they can retire and leave the area. http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/metro-proposes-26-billion-overhaul/2013/01/23/fa31fdd4-658a-11e2-b84d-21c7b65985ee_story.html


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