Another $450K prepared for Expo Line art 0
TransLink SkyTrain in Vancouver. (FILE PHOTO)
TransLink has another $450,000 prepared for art installations at Metrotown and Commercial-Broadway as part of its Expo Line upgrades.
Jiana Ling, spokeswoman for the transport authority, released those numbers on Tuesday after a media outlet revealed Main Street Station’s component would be awarded to artists Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky. That project will receive $165,000, which includes design, fabrication and installation.
TransLink’s share of the $164-million Expo Line upgrade program, which includes money for public art, is $40 million.
Ling added artwork at transit stations is not unusual, as 13 Millennium Line stations already have permanent works of art dating back to 2002.
Additionally, she provided a list of 10 examples — including funding received for works along the unfinished line to Coquitlam — in which TransLink partnered with other agencies to create art.
“(The) Expo Station upgrades program is intended to improve station capacity, accessibility, customer amenity and neighbourhood integration,” she said.
“Public art is included in the scope of the program. The cost of the projects, including the artwork, is shared among TransLink and senior governments.”
A budget is yet to be confirmed for public art at Surrey Central and Joyce-Collingwood.
(Our previous version mistakenly identified New West Station as one receiving art. It is Commercial-Broadway that will receive the art, with a budget of $200,000. We apologize for the error.)