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B.C. subway stations a blank canvas for artists

B.C. subway stations a blank canvas for artists
PROVINCE OF B.C. — A group of artists have been selected to design installations for Vancouver’s Broadway Subway Project.

VANCOUVER — Officials plan to make Vancouver’s subway stations a work of art.

The province has announced that three artists and one team have been selected to create art installations for four upcoming SkyTrain stations as part of the Broadway Subway Project.

A two-phase procurement process began in 2020 with an open call to artists and teams residing in Canada for art that will be showcased at the Great Northern Way-Emily Carr, Mount Pleasant, Broadway-City Hall and South Granville stations.

The competition selection panel was comprised of visual art professionals and representatives from the province, the City of Vancouver and TransLink.

In addition, the province is working with the Musqueam Indian Band, Squamish Nation and Tsleil-Waututh Nation on a separate and parallel process for Indigenous art for the Broadway Subway Project. The Cultural Recognition Program includes art across six stations, with prominent Indigenous artworks planned for the Arbutus, Oak-VGH and Great Northern Way-Emily Carr stations.

Concepts for all artworks will be revealed at a future date. Artists will work to complete designs in co-ordination with final station designs and technical details related to installation.

The Broadway Subway Project is a 5.7-kilometre extension of the Millennium Line from VCC-Clark Station to Broadway and Arbutus, adding six stations along the line.

It will provide SkyTrain service to B.C.’s second-largest jobs centre, world-class health-care services, an emerging innovation and research hub and residential communities.

Construction is underway and on schedule for the line to be in service in 2025.

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