See the new art installations going up at Eglinton Crosstown LRT stations

Art is an important part of modern public transit projects. This art gives stations a unique look and feel, while bringing the usual concrete and steel to life. Here’s your first look at some of the art going up on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project.

As the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit (LRT) line continues to make progress, there are a few colourful additions that have popped up at stations along the route.

The art pieces range from mosaics and paintings to large-scale installations.

Integrated art components will be installed at six stations: Mount Dennis, Caledonia, Cedarvale, Eglinton, Science Centre and Kennedy.

Additional pieces of window art are also being installed at Oakwood, Forest Hill and Eglinton Stations. These pieces are created by emerging Ontario artists. 

The art has been installed at several stations, and Metrolinx News wants to give you a sneak peek.

Caledonia Station: Janice Kerbel

The Ride of Your Life is a series of large-scale mosaic wall works for Caledonia Station.

Mosaic tile has played an important role in the history of rapid transit – used in signage, architecture and design. Using a process of mosaic traditionally employed for lettering and signage, high contrast black and white tiles will form large-scale text compositions made up of multiple typefaces and sizes.

Kennedy Station: Joseph Kosuth

Locations of Meaning (for Toronto) is an art installation for Kennedy Station that aims to put meaning in context.

The installation is comprised of the word “meaning,” translated into the 72 languages spoken in the City of Toronto metropolitan area. Each word is laser cut in stainless steel, and inset into etched tile, creating a wall work that is fully integrated with the station design.

Oakwood Station: Nicholas Pye

Assembly with Colour, Rhythm and Form is a multi‐coloured image aesthetic. According to the artist, it not only recalls points of intersection on a transit map, but also speaks to the diverse and rich cultural mosaic that defines the character of Oakwood Village.

Science Centre Station: Sarah Morris

Total Lunar Eclipse is a vibrant wall painting that provides an evolving spectrum of colour and geometry that the artist says invites reflection on concepts of lights, scale, and motion through the space.

The two large wall works are composed of custom porcelain tiles that are silkscreened by hand.

For the past few years, Morris has used the lunar cycle as the basis for a series of paintings. Morris says she is fascinated by the visualization of the movement of light and how it is thought to affect human behaviour.

Background on integrated art program

In January 2016, Metrolinx prequalified a short-list of 14 artists.

An independent selection panel, made up of four specialists, reviewed the artists’ qualifications and artwork submissions prepared for each station.

You can learn more about the integrated art within the stations at http://thecrosstown.ca/IntegratedArt.

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Story by Erika D’Urbano, Metrolinx capital communications manager