Metro Seeking Public Art Designs for Reston Town Center Station

by Karen Goff August 18, 2016 at 10:00 am 7 Comments

Town Center Metro bridge

Metro’s Art in Transit program is putting out the call for artists to submit public art designs for the future Reston Town Center station.

Deadline for submitting proposals in Sept. 9.

The Reston Town Center station is scheduled to open in 2020 and will have a design similar to that of Wiehle-Reston East, Metro says.

Metro says that the artist selected will collaborate withArt in Transit, the Metro Project Office, the Airports Authority, and the design-build contractor to design and create an artwork that can be integrated into either of the following two options:

  • a – Mesh panels on both pedestrian bridges that provide access to the station
  • b – Glass panels at the Mezzanine level of the free area of the station

From Metro:

The artwork must reflect the artistic, cultural and/or historical interests of surrounding communities, as well as provide safe, reliable and attractive public transportation services.

Artists can submit design proposals specific to either locations under consideration.

Artists can submit a MAXIMUM of two designs proposals for each of the locations.

A panel of art and design professionals and community representatives will choose three artist finalists based on the quality of each artist’s portfolio.

Finalists will be given a detailed overview of the station design and receive a $1,500 design fee, Metro says. Each finalist will then present one design proposal to the selection panel. The panel will review the proposals and recommend one design for acceptance.

Approval of the panel recommended proposal will result in commissioning an artist to work with Art in Transit and the project team to further develop, fabricate and install the approved design.

The maximum budget for the art project is $250,000 (including artist/design fees, travel, material, fabrication, delivery and installation/construction). The artist fee must not exceed 10 percent of the proposed artwork budget, Metro said.

Finalists will be chosen in October and a final artist commissioned in November.

For more details, visit WMATA.com.

Photo courtesy of Metro

  • Nate_VA

    How about a sculpture made from parking meters?

    • Arielle in NoVA

      yes – the ones from RTC.

  • Chuck Morningwood

    We should commission of couple of works from Va artist and school teacher, Stan Murmur. His work admirably captures the essence of NoVa’s burgeoning Type-A population.


    • Guest

      The true test of an artist’s firm expression and unyielding message. Slam a slab of steel, or somehow etch plate glass with proper acid. for all the driving world to see as they pass beneath.

      Show us, Stan. Drop your statement on our new city.

  • RunDMC

    Swear to God please make it better than the god-awful Pamela Anderson Panda thing they have at the Wiehle station.

  • Mike M

    I think that I shall never see
    public art as lovely as a tree

    Please, please, please
    no more lumps of twisted debris

  • 30yearsinreston

    I remember an art object which consisted of piles of dirt
    The artist was distraught when the cleaning ladies swept it up

    How about a few mounds of clay to represent what has been dug up to build the Metro


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