Maryland transit officials are seeking professional artists to create public artwork for stations and other parts of a 16-mile light-rail Purple Line system being planned between Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.
Artists must apply by Nov. 14, Maryland Transit Administration officials said Wednesday. Those deemed qualified will be paid a stipend to create an artwork proposal for specific stations or locations, officials said. The winning proposals would be awarded a contract to design and integrate artwork into a station or its infrastructure, including walls, steel structures and fences.
The call for submissions is open to “all professional artists or artists’ teams with public art experience,” the MTA said. Artists will work with communities along the planned alignment between Bethesda and New Carrollton “to create artwork that highlights the cultural vitality of the region and reflect the artistic, cultural and/or historical interests of the surrounding communities.”
Construction on the line, estimated to cost $2.43 billion, is projected to begin in 2015, with the line opening to service in 2020. The MTA is still seeking $900 million in federal construction aid for the project.
More details are available at www.purplelinemd.com.