Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Silver Line Extension
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), the City of Chelsea and the City of Boston is extending the Silver Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service from South Station and the Seaport District in Boston to East Boston and Chelsea. The existing Silver Line terminates at Logan International Airport.
Integral art features will enhance the new stations following the MBTA Integral Art Program guidelines. The policy specifies that transportation excellence includes all elements of the network and is intended to improve the user experience. Public art features are intended to provide a unifying factor throughout the transit stations, while also distinguishing the station platforms from other stations and enhancing the rider’s travel experience. Artists will be commissioned to design art components for the stations, which will be integrated into the architectural features of the Silver Line Extension project.
Integral art will enhance the new Chelsea Commuter Rail station, which will be located adjacent to new Downtown Chelsea Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) stop. Artists will be commissioned to create the artwork for the porcelain enamel panels, and possibly other elements, that will be fabricated and installed by the contractor as part of station construction. The artists will work with project design consultant team and contractor as needed. The selection committee may choose to select either a single artist or multiple artists and to require that multiple artists work on a common theme.
ARTIST SELECTION PROCESS UPDATE
In early October, the art selection committee selected 11 semi-finalists for the project: Silvia Chavez, Amy Cheng, Ellen Driscoll, Gary Duehr, Leigh Hall, Elisa Hamilton, Lisa Houck, Joanne Kaliontzis, Deanna Lee, Miranda Updike and Christine Vaillancourt.
The selection process will result in the identification of up to four artists who will create up to 22 designs in color for the station’s porcelain enamel panels. Other potential station features TBD for the Downtown Chelsea BRT station could present integral art opportunities, such as a stair, ramp or elevator structure.
Silver Line Gateway - New Chelsea Commuter Rail Station Integral Art
Friday, July 17, 2015 RFQ release date
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 Information session, 6-7pm
100 Summer Street, 2nd Floor
Lechmere Conference Room
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 Due date for RFQ questions
Monday, August 24 at 11:59 PM Application deadline
October 2015 Review of entries, finalists notified
Wednesday, November 4, 6-8pm Community forum at Chelsea City Hall
Chelsea community forum notice in Spanish
Presentation of semi-finalist artists (21 MB)
Thursday, November 12 Due date for comments on semi-finalists
Email comments to the MBTA Art Consultant
November 2015 MBTA Integral Art Program suspended by the
MBTA General Manager following a veto of House Bill 3841 by the Governor of Mass.
Buell, Spencer. "MBTA to artists: Leave your mark on new stations," Metro. July 29, 2015.
Daniels, Seth. "Silver Line Public Art Component Seeks Chelsea Input." Chelsea Record, October 29, 2015, p. 2.
Learn more about the MBTA Integral Art Program and download the RFQ for the Silver Line Gateway-Chelsea CR Station.
With questions email Christina Lanzl, MBTA Public Art Consultant. General project information is posted on massDOT's Silver Line Extension page.