The City of Ottawa has put out a call to artists soon after Stage 2 of LRT construction got the green light from Council. The recently announced public art program is open to both Canadian and international artists.
Stage 2 will add 24 new stations, extending the O-Train lines farther south, to Limebank Road and the airport; east to Trim Road in Orléans; and west to Baseline Road and Moodie Drive.
However, 24 new stations does not mean opportunities for 24 artists. With a budget of close to $7 million, the O-Train Stage 2 Public Art Program will engage five artist teams to design for several stations at once.
These stations are clustered by geography, which the City website says is meant to create “a cohesive narrative between and along” the O-Train line.
Artist teams will be given the opportunity to transform the following stations and surrounding landscape:
- East: Montreal Road, Jeanne d’Arc, Place d’Orléans, Trim, Orléans Blvd.
- West 1: Westboro, Dominion, Clearly, New Orchard, Lincoln Fields.
- West 2: Moodie, Bayshore, Pinecrest, Queensview, Iris, Baseline.
- West 3: Street-level community art projects along the Byron Avenue-Richmond Road corridor.
- South: Gladstone, South Keys, Bowesville
As part of the selection process, a Request for Qualifications is open until April 24 (East, West 1, West 2) and May 1 (South, West 3).
Visit ottawa.ca for more information.
— CBC Ottawa (@CBCOttawa) March 22, 2019