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Public art approved for Farragut West and Takoma Metrorail stations

by Prince Of Petworth February 18, 2010 at 5:00 pm 9 Comments


From a WMATA Press release:

“Metro works with community groups to select art

The Metro Board of Directors today, Feb. 18, approved two Washington-based artists’ proposals for public art that will be installed at the Farragut West and Takoma Metrorail stations in 2011.

The artwork approved for the Takoma Metrorail station is by Washington-based artist, Sam Gilliam, who is best known nationally and internationally for his color field and abstract expressionist painting and sculpture. A large abstract mosaic tile mural designed by Gilliam will be installed in the underpass of the station entrance.

For his first public art commission, artist Michael Sirvet will create a series of low-relief, botanically-inspired aluminum and light sculptures that will be installed at the east Farragut West Metrorail station entrance at 17th and I Streets, NW. His work is currently included in numerous private collections both locally and nationally.”

  • Stubs

    So, any idea on how much this is going to cost? Even if the artwork is donated, unlikely, what about the cost of installation, maintenance and eventual removal? I know in comparison to the overall budget it is likely pennies, but really? Also, does anyone else think that the first person to be fired over there is the PR person? Seriously, why announce a new art exhibit the same week you ramp up ads about raising fares. And I know it is mother nature’s fault, but talking about fare increases the week after a blizzard seems like bad timing with buses and trains more cramped and more delayed than ever.

    Final thought, I like art as much as the next person, but seems to me like this is basically a more interesting and expensive canvas for the little piss ant thugs to deface with misspelled obscenities, lewd drawings and random chicken scratch.

  • James

    The funding isn’t coming from WMATA, at least not for the Takoma station installation. The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is providing the $250,000 funding for the project.

    And, I’m right there with you, Stubs, about providing an incredibly expensive canvas for some kid and his spray can.

  • MK

    Are they insane? If the weather doesn’t destroy it the jr vandal killers will. What a waste.

  • Continued poona

    I take it that $250,000 in funding from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities comes from our tax dollars?

    I’m a huge art lover, but I can’t think of a project supported by the aforementioned Commission in recent memory that has actually been praised or enjoyed by the community. The unpopular crap at the baseball stadium and that heinous bicycle mariachi statue proposed at 18th & Columbia. I’d much rather see this kind of money be put toward funding the dying visual arts programs in DC’s public schools.

    • Anonymous

      no, the money doesn’t come from our collective tax dollars the money comes from a special public art fund that developers pay.

  • Columbia Heights Boy

    Yes! I’ve always thought DC needs more art in the metro.

    I can’t beleive all the cynics here. Art is a relatively inexpensive way to make public spaces so much more livable.

  • dcdude

    I’d much prefer that they fix the drainage problems at
    the Farragut West entrance so that you’re not walking through a pool of water everytime it rains.

  • I think this is fantastic! Sam Gilliam is huge and it’s really cool that he will have a greater presence in our public space.

    mike sirvet is a uniquely talented and hard working artist and it’s great when lesser know dc artists can get gigs like this.

    DCCAH often gets a stoning from the commenters here but they’ve been doing some great things lately.
    their art salons are engaging, the upcoming urban forest project, their new magazine, and art202tv. cool stuff.

  • “the DC commission for arts and humanities”???
    what’s the punch line?


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