Artists, renderings revealed for eight CTA south Red Line stations

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.


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  • A waste of money the CTA doesn't have.
    Especially after today's Hilkevitch column on the huge increase in free rides.

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    Well, the CTA wouldn't have the money anyway except to pay for art. So I'd rather see the art. Funding is restricted to artwork.

  • In reply to Kevin O’Neil:

    Feds have been doing this since the Calder on the Federal Plaza and the Batcolumn in front of the Social Security building. Maybe even going back to the murals at Lane Tech and other WPA era schools. So, if the feds want to subsidize the arts, that's their business.

    I hope there is enough preservative so that they don't get tagged by the bangers.

  • In reply to jack:

    I went to Lane, saw all the murals in the library & the lunchroom.
    They served a purpose then, they employed artists during the Great Depression.
    Now, all it does is give cash to conmen & poseurs who weld some scrap metal together & call it art.

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    And now you can add art critic to your resume.

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    What kind of definition could be made of Batcolumn other than scrap metal?

    And the way Quinn is running this state, what can it be other that the second, somewhat severe Depression?

    Elsewhere, I gave the following definition of art:

    If it is authorized on the property, it is art. If the fartist does not have authority to use the property, it is vandalism.

    Also, most of these are paintings, and the ones for Cermak and 35th are relevant to the surroundings.

    But, as I noted above, CTA better being doing something to keep the fartists from them.

  • In reply to jack:

    The Batcolumn isn't bad, especially when you compare it to the actual scrap metal that was bolted & welded together in front of the Rogers Park Police Station.

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    Try again on Batcolumn link:

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