Remember the Main Street poodle? It cost nearly $100,000 and a portion of the funds to cover costs came from TransLink. Well, TransLink has approved another $610,000 for art installations along the Expo line as part of the line’s upgrades.
TransLink’s art plan calls for $165,000 for Main St. Station, $200,000 for Metrotown Station and $250k for New Westminster Station.
Part of the $164 million Expo Line upgrade was allocated for public art. Translink’s share of these ongoing Expo Line upgrades is $40 million.
Artwork at Stations is nothing new. Both the Millennium and Canada Lines feature extensive artwork at the stations. Art installations and well-designed stations are some of the key principles of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) – an architectural and environmental design methodology of deterring criminal behaviour in public spaces, and to make these places feel safer.
In addition, art installations are part of the whole plan to renovate the overall aesthetic look of these drab and aged 27-year old Expo Line stations.
Art projects will be commissioned for both the Surrey Central and Joyce-Collingwood Stations. Once funding for art projects is allocated to these stations, the total art budget for the Expo Line will likely be near the million dollar mark – well under 1 per cent of the overall station upgrade project.