These presentations show new public art that the Metro Customer Service Committee and Board are expected to consider on Thursday. The public art will be installed at five Metrorail stations in Tyson’s Corner and Reston, and at the entrance to the Farragut North station.
According to the presentation, art at the Tyson’s stations will cost $1.7M and will be funded by Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.
Metro states that public art, "helps create attractive transit facilities that increase ridership and enrich the lives" of its passengers. It also states that the art selected will "reflect the artistic, cultural and historic interests" of the surrounding communities.
More importantly, the presentation about Tyson’s Corner stations is the best view I’ve seen of the location and design of the four stations. The feature they all have in common is that access will be from pedestrian bridges. If the stations had been placed underground, access would have likely been through entrances and tunnels on either side of the street. Here’s a Google map showing the locations of the stations:
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So what do you think of the art in the presentation? Does it reflect the local Tyson’s Corner community? If not, what would the appropriate art look like? Are there other public art installations in Metro that you like or dislike? Would it be likely to increase ridership or enrich your life?
How many Metro stations can you name that have public art?
Here’s the proposed artwork.
Tyson’s Central 123
Tyson’s Central 7