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HART Announces Transit Art Program For Rail Stations

HART Announces Transit Art Program 
For Rail Stations

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) held a
news conference today to announce the creation of a transit
art program to include public art at the rail stations and
operations center as part of the Honolulu rail transit project.

The $5-million public art program will highlight work created by
artists who have a strong understanding of and affinity for
Hawaii’s history and culture. The art will be displayed at the
21 stations along the rail route and at the train control center
in Waipahu.

HART Executive Director and CEO Dan Grabauskas said professional
artists or artist teams are being asked to submit their
qualifications and demonstrate their understanding and
knowledge of Hawaii’s history, culture and traditions. 

Grabauskas said that station artwork opportunities will range
from paving and floor designs to wall murals, grille work and
architectural fencing, to glass work and integrated sculptural
elements.

“The intention is to reflect the proud history and character of
the surrounding community at each rail station, and the
transit art program is part of that effort,” said Grabauskas,
who noted the call for artists is being done in conjunction with
the ongoing design work for the rail stations.

Grabauskas was joined at the news conference by HART Board of
Directors Vice Chairman Ivan Lui-Kwan and Honolulu Mayor Kirk
Caldwell.

“This art program is an excellent example of building rail
better,” Caldwell said. “This provides an opportunity for our
local artists to showcase their talent and their passion for
Hawaii. This will truly be a canvas of creativity for generations
to come.”

“The art program is an investment in our community and will make
our project unique by providing a sense of place and culture
to our transit stations,” said Lui-Kwan. “HART’s art program will
reflect the rich tapestry of Hawaii’s culture, tradition and
histories.We’re looking for talented artists who can convey
that message through their creative work.”

Applications for the transit art program can be submitted
between May 14 and June 20. To download submittal requirements
and other information regarding the transit art program, visit
the City’s procurement website at www.honolulu.gov/pur under
“Professional Services” or at www.callforentry.org.

A pre-submittal workshop for interested applicants will be held
Saturday, June 1 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the HART offices at Alii
Place, 1099 Alakea St., Suite 150.

Questions about the transit art program can be e-mailed to HART
at transitmailbox@honolulu.gov.

 

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