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Aluminum Musicians and Colorful Ribbons: Future Metro Station’s Public Art

by Dave Emke — May 15, 2017 at 2:45 pm 5 Comments

Metro’s Art in Transit Program is recommending the vision of a Colorado-based artist to become the motif of the future Reston Town Center Metro station.

Last week, the program unveiled the proposal of Joshua Wiener as its pick for the public art installation at the station’s walkways over the Dulles Toll Road. Wiener’s designs, which are shown on his personal website, consist of powder-coated aluminum sculptures of a bassist, a horn player and a drummer, as well as flowing red and teal ribbon designs down the corridors.

Wiener’s proposal was chosen over two other finalists. The program received 45 total submissions for the project. The Art Review Panel included the Fairfax County Department of Transportation, the Arts Council of Fairfax County, Public Art Reston and other Virginia-based visual art professionals.

According to the Art in Transit Program, the public art initiative benefits Metro as a whole by:

  • Creating attractive transit facilities
  • Building livable communities by creating public spaces that reflect the artistic, cultural and historic environment
  • Creating economic opportunities for artists, engineers, fabricators and other professionals

WMATA’s Customer Service Operations and Security Committee approved the proposal at its Thursday meeting. The full WMATA board will vote on it this summer. Upon board approval, WMATA will enter into contract with Wiener to develop, fabricate and install the artwork.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which is overseeing construction of Phase II of the Silver Line, is funding the public art effort. The project’s funding is capped at $250,000.

  • Scott

    So we have a transit rail system in utter disarray, with:
    – poor maintenance causing delays, smokey tunnels, fires, and even death
    – System-wide budget issues
    – the gray line, despite hiking tolls on cars to pay for it, that will require “significant investment” by FFX county taxpayers to ensure safe and reliable access. (aka, ridership can never cover costs)
    …and they are taking $250K for public art?

    Are You Kidding Me?
    Keep voting for big government politicians, folks. This is what you get!

    • Mike M

      Nero wanted his music while Rome burned. So, . . . maybe we’re missing something.

      • Jenny Gibbers

        I would rather have sound barriers than music.

    • Adrian Havill

      With the sculptor from Colorado yet.

  • Greg

    The entire metro system is falling apart. People have died and been seriously injured riding it. There is at least $15 billion needed in repairs over the next decade despite the year of expensive, disruptive surges. Tolls and sales taxes recently increased. There’s discussion on raising sales taxes yet again, and this is what government wastes our money on? For shame.

    Paint the ugly elevated eyesore called the silver line in Tysons!

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