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Art in Motion: Unveiling Public Art Projects at Crosstown Stations

TORONTO: January 16, 2018 – Six stations along the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT) line will feature public art by local and internationally renowned artists. Renderings of the eight public art projects were released today at a “pop-up art gallery” created by Metrolinx at the Ontario Science Centre, which will be home to one of the stations on the new Crosstown line when it is opens in 2021.

These eight art projects represent the first investment under Metrolinx’s new Integrated Art program, a professionally designed initiative to improve the transit experience for riders across the Metrolinx regional transit network. These art projects—as well as future public art programs that will be part of Metrolinx building projects—are an investment in new and improved public space for the communities Metrolinx serves.

“Public art in transit stations is an excellent way to improve the customer experience. Metrolinx knows that outstanding design, including integrated art for the public to enjoy, helps build ridership and community pride in their transit system.”
- Phil Verster, President and CEO, Metrolinx

“Integrating world-class art into projects like the Eglinton Crosstown shows the commitment Metrolinx has made to design excellence, enhancing the quality of public space, and improving the customer experience.”
- Leslie Woo, Chief Planning Officer, Metrolinx

The stations and artists from today’s announcement are:

Stations Artists
Mount Dennis station Hadley + Maxwell
Mount Dennis station [emerging artist] – Sara Cwynar
Caledonia station Janice Kerbel
Cedarvale station Douglas Coupland
Eglinton station Rodney LaTourelle with Louise Witthöft
Science Centre station Sarah Morris
Kennedy station Joseph Kosuth
Kennedy station [emerging artist] – Dagmara Genda

 

The selected artists include world-renowned sculptors, photographers, video artists, painters and printmakers based in the GTHA, Canada, and around the world.

The 19-kilometre Eglinton Crosstown LRT, opening in 2021, will connect Mount Dennis Station in the west with Kennedy Station in the east, and includes a 10-kilometre underground portion between Keele Street and Laird Drive. The line will include 25 stations and stops that will link to bus routes, three subway stations, three GO Transit lines, and the Union Pearson Express. The Eglinton Crosstown is a $5.3 billion capital investment by the Government of Ontario to expand transit in Toronto.

For more information and renderings of the art concepts please visit: http://www.thecrosstown.ca/IntegratedArt

Media Contact:

Vanessa Barrasa
Senior Advisor, Media Relations
(416) 202-5777

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