Charlotte’s light rail system is going to look a whole lot nicer!
Charlotte’s City Council has unanimously approved a budget for public art to be installed along the expansion of the LYNX Blue Line. The Charlotte Area Transit System will hire eight artists for nine pieces of art, many of which will be incorporated into stations along the light rail line. Here are the proposed artists and the areas where their art will appear:
- Maria Artemis: art project at the Parkwood Station.
- Sharon Dowell: the 25th Street Station, as well as art on the 11th Street and Interstate 277 underpasses.
- Paul Sires and Ruth Ava Lyon: 36th Street Station.
- Chandra Cox: Sugar Creek and Old Concord Road stations.
- Tom Stanley: Tom Hunter Station.
- Jackie Chang: University City Boulevard and J.W. Clay Boulevard/UNC Charlotte stations.
- Shaun Cassidy: McCullough Station.
- Mikyoung Kim: the UNC Charlotte Station.
According to CATS, the art will include elements like windscreen glass, benches, columns and concrete platform treatments.
As previously announced, a grant for the Rail Trail will bring similar works of art and a greenway to the existing part of the Blue Line.
The Blue Line currently runs from Pineville to 9th Street in Center City, basically parallel with South Boulevard, with stops along the way in South Charlotte, SouthEnd and Uptown. This expansion will take the line up to UNCC’s campus, with service through neighborhoods like NoDa and the University Area. The expansion is currently slated to open in 2017.
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