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DC Metro Art in Transit Seeks Artist for Public Art on Silver Line

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DC Metro Art in Transit Seeks Artist for Public Art on Silver Line


The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) Art in Transit Program is seeking an artist to create a site-specific artwork, funded by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (Airports Authority), for the future Reston Town Center Station on the Silver Line in Fairfax County, Virginia. The Metro Art in Transit Program works with communities surrounding Metro transit facilities to integrate artwork that promotes transit use, enhances travel by Metro, and highlights the cultural vitality of the National Capital region.

**** This is a Request for Proposals.  Artists are asked to submit concept designs as part of their application without prior compensation. ****

The Silver Line connects to the Orange Line East Falls Church station and extends to Washington Dulles International Airport and west to Ashburn, Virginia in eastern Loudoun County. Construction on Phase II, consists of six stations that will serve the Reston-Herndon area of Fairfax County, Dulles International Airport, and eastern Loudoun County.

Through this Call to Artists, we are seeking to select one artist to create a site-specific integrated artwork for the Silver Line Phase II Reston Town Center Station. The artist selected for the commission will collaborate with Metro’s Art in Transit Program, the Metro Project Office, the Airports Authority, and the design-build contractor to design and create an artwork that can be integrated into either of the following two options:

  • Mesh panels on both pedestrian bridges that provide access to the station
  • Glass panels at the Mezzanine level of the free area of the station

In either instance, the artwork will be designed in accordance with the artwork concept outlined below. The artwork must reflect the artistic, cultural and/or historical interests of surrounding communities, as well as provide safe, reliable and attractive public transportation services.

The maximum budget for the art project is not to exceed $250,000 (including artist/design fees, travel, material, fabrication, delivery and installation/construction). The artist fee must not exceed twenty-percent (20%) of the proposed artwork budget.

This Call to Artists is open to all artists with site-specific public art experience. Qualified artists will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation or age.

Artists are invited to submit proposals for either of the following:

Replacement of pedestrian bridges stainless steel mesh panels
Metal artworks to replace triangular shaped, stainless steel mesh panels on the North and South pedestrian bridges providing access to the station. The review panel will be looking for a design that is visually accessible to the public on both pedestrian bridges. Submissions that only consider one of the bridges will not be reviewed.

Replacement of mezzanine glass panels
Glass artworks to replace the glass panels on both sides of the station’s mezzanine, in the free area of the station. The review panel will be looking for a design that is visually accessible to the public on both sides of the station. Submissions that only consider one side will not be reviewed.

Only ONE of the two sites, either the pedestrian bridges’ mesh panels OR the mezzanine’s glass panels, will be selected for the final location of the artwork.


  • Application Deadline: September 9, 2016
  • Finalists Announcement: October 7, 2016
  • Finalists Proposals Due: October 28, 2016
  • Commission Announcements: November 18, 2016



Artists must submit the following materials in order to be considered:

  • Up to two proposals for each of the locations indicated above
  • Up to 10 digital images along with a short application form
  • A one-page list of the images specifying the title, media, location and year created for each work of art
  • A bio/CV
  • A brief artist statement.

Send all materials electronically to

Please review the full RFP and site information before applying.

QUESTIONS?  Contact Laurent Odde, Art in Transit Program Manager, Metro (WMATA) at LODDE@WMATA.COM