The CTA and Mayor Emanuel on Monday unveiled conceptual renderings of original artwork to be installed at the eight rail stations betweenCermak-Chinatown and 87th Street.
The commissioning of new artwork is the final component to the $425 million Red Line South Reconstruction project.
“The community art work that we’re previewing today is a great example of what a 21st century city does – making our mass transit system not just a vehicle for commerce but also for culture,” said Mayor Emanuel. “Chicago is known around the world for the vibrancy of its arts and today we are bringing this creative spirit and community energy to neighborhoods across the city, enabling more residents to enjoy the best of what Chicago has to offer right in their own backyard while also supporting local artists.”
Last January, the CTA awarded contracts to local artists and an artist team to create new, original artwork that complement existing artwork at the Sox-35th, 47th, Garfield, 63rd, 69th, 79th and 87th Street stations. The artwork commissioned for theCermak-Chinatown station will be the first permanent piece of public art for the location. See the photo gallery for renderings and their artists.
The CTA received more than 300 submissions from artists for consideration. Contracts were awarded following an evaluation committee’s review of all of the submissions. Criteria included artistic merit, qualifications and professional recognition of the artists.
The artwork for the eight South Red Line stations is paid for with Transit Enhancement Funds from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The total project budget is $590,400 and includes artist fees, fabrication, shipping/delivery, administrative fees and a project contingency fund. Installation of the artwork is scheduled to begin late this year.