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Public Art on CTA

Since 2011, under the leadership of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the CTA’s collection of public art has undergone its largest expansion ever – now proudly boasting more than 60 pieces of art exhibited at over 50 stations, including mosaics, sculptures and paintings by nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. The newest works of art added to this collection are the result of recently completed major project work to either rehabilitate an existing rail station or build a new station.

Public art plays an important role in civic life around the world. Chicago has a rich tradition of public art, from the Picasso sculpture in Daley Plaza to the Anish Kapoor and Jaume Plensa works (Cloud Gate and the Crown Fountain) in Millennium Park.

The addition of artwork at CTA stations and terminals not only promotes a friendly, inviting atmosphere, it also provides riders with a glimpse into the rich history and unique characteristics of the surrounding communities. 

 

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Future art installations

The CTA plans to add more works of art to its growing collection at the following locations over the next few years, with installations beginning in 2017:

 

Blue Line: Cumberland, Jefferson Park, Montrose, Irving Park, Addison, Western*, Damen*, UIC-Halsted and Illinois Medical District

Brown Line: Diversey

Green Line: Kedzie and Clinton

Loop Elevated: Washington/Wabash (new station)

Pink Line: Polk

Red Line: Wilson*, Clark/Division and 95th*

Other: Chicago/Austin bus terminal and Union Station Transit Center

*Indicates an art installation project already underway with a commissioned artist/artist team.

Many of the pieces featured in CTA’s public art collection are a result of the Arts in Transit Program – funded by the Federal Transit Administration and coordinated locally through the CTA, the City of Chicago Public Art Program, and the Chicago Department of Transportation. A number of other pieces were created through the CTA’s Adopt-A-Station program and through partnerships with local artists and organizations, including Gallery 37, Chicago Public Art Group and Marwen.

 

Art projects underway

 

95th/Dan Ryan

Red Line
Theaster Gates, Artist

Artist rednering of 95th Terminal

Upon completion of a $280 million reconstruction project, which is expected in 2018, the 95th Street Terminal will be the showcase station of the entire CTA system—and a premier multimodal transportation terminal in the region. The crowning jewel to this momentous project will be the largest public art project in the agency’s history – a $1.3 million endeavor by internationally acclaimed Chicago artist Theaster Gates. More than just artwork, Gates’ project fosters community engagement, job creation and provides a student apprentice program. The artwork imagined for this station is an integrated feature in the terminal building and a stand-alone work of art.

 

Wilson

Red Line
Cecil Balmond, Artist

Artist rendering of Wilson station

As part of the historic Wilson Station Reconstruction Project, the CTA has commissioned internationally acclaimed artist, designer and engineer Cecil Balmond to create new artwork for permanent display in the new main stationhouse.

The Wilson station serves as a gateway to the burgeoning Uptown neighborhood, which boasts a popular and historic entertainment district, the Little Vietnam neighborhood, Truman College, Montrose Harbor, the Lincoln Park lakefront park and more. The new artwork will be installed in the main stationhouse following the completion of project work, which is expected in late 2017.

 

Washington/Wabash

Loop Elevated

Artist rendering of new Washington/Wabash Loop Elevated station platform 

Construction of the new Washington/Wabash Loop Elevated station is under way and is expected to be complete in 2017. The $75 million project will combine the nearby century-old stations on Wabash at Randolph and at Madison with a new modern and fully accessible station. Plans for commissioning new, one-of-a-kind artwork are already under way, with the Call for Artist qualifications issued in late 2015. Additional details regarding the artist and artwork will be announced in 2016.

 

Damen

Blue Line
Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues, Artists

Photo of exterior Damen Blue Line (O'Hare) station

The artist team of Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues of Ball-Nogues Studio was selected to commission new artwork for the historic Damen Blue Line station, which in 2014 underwent a $13.6 million rehabilitation as part of the $492 million Your New Blue project. The new exterior artwork, which will be installed in 2016, is expected to be interactive and engaging the station and the surrounding neighborhood.

 

Western (O’Hare Branch)

Blue Line
Edra Soto and Dan Sullivan, Artists

Photo of exterior Western Blue Line (O'Hare) station

New public artwork created by Chicago artists Edra Soto and Dan Sullivan will enhance the Western station, which received minor upgrades as part of the $492 million Your New Blue modernization project. Selected from more than 100 applicants, the new artwork by Soto and Sullivan is expected to be a large-scale sculptural embellishment for the stationhouse exterior.

 

Locations of Selected Art

 * Indicates locations fearturing new art installations since 2010. 

Brown Line

Kimball
Kedzie
Francisco
Rockwell
Western
Damen
Montrose
Irving Park
Addison
Paulina
Southport
Belmont
Wellington
Fullerton*
Armitage
Sedgwick
Chicago
Merchandise Mart

 

Purple Line

Howard
Belmont
Wellington
Fullerton*
Armitage
Sedgwick
Chicago
Merchandise Mart

 

Red Line

Howard
Jarvis*
Morse*
Granville*
Thorndale*
Berwyn*
Argyle*
Lawrence*

Addison
Belmont
Fullerton*
Roosevelt
Cermak-Chinatown*
Sox-35th*
47th*
Garfield*
63rd*
69th*
79th*
87th*

 

Yellow Line

Howard

 

Pink Line

54th/Cermak
Kostner
Pulaski
Central Park
Kedzie
California
Western
Damen
18th

 

Blue Line

Cumberland
Harlem
California*
Jackson*

 

Orange Line

Roosevelt
Pulaski

 

Gree Line

Cermak-McCormick Place*
Roosevelt

Morgan*
Conservatory-Central Park Drive

 

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