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Strong Turnout For Rail Transit Art Program

Strong Turnout For Rail Transit Art Program

Hundreds of artists have sent in their qualifications for an
opportunity to produce public artwork for the rail transit project,
the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) announced
today.

More than 400 submittals were received by the close of last
week’s deadline, the agency’s director said.  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.

“We are pleased with the excellent response,” said HART
Executive Director and CEO Dan Grabauskas. “With such a strong pool
of artists to choose from, I have no doubt that we will ultimately
see wonderful artwork that will reflect the unique history and
character of the communities that will be enjoyed for generations
to come.”

Artists interested in participating were asked to submit their
qualifications and demonstrate their understanding and knowledge of
Hawaii’s history, culture and traditions. After strong interest in
the program, HART extended the deadline by a week by popular
demand.

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 submittals will be reviewed by a transit art committee.
Those who qualify will be placed on a pre-qualified artist registry
and compete for one of about 25 art opportunities at the various
stations.

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