Theaster Gates Chosen to Design 95th Street CTA Station Artwork

By Tanveer Ali on July 12, 2013 7:49am 

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  If approved, Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates project would be the largest ever undertaken by the CTA.
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CHICAGO — The CTA is enlisting the help of Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates to design artwork for its planned $240 million terminal at the 95th and Dan Ryan Red Line station.

The project, expected to cost $1.3 million, would be the largest art project in the CTA's history, according to the agency. Ten people would be hired for the project that would also establish an apprenticeship program for local students.

“This new station will be a showcase destination, offering a modern, safe and pedestrian-friendly transit center with fewer delays and shorter travel times,” said CTA President Forrest Claypool in a statement.

The station is currently closed as a part of a five-month reconstruction project.

The contract for the art project is expected to be presented at Monday's board meeting.

Construction on the terminal is expected to begin next year and end in 2016.

In March, the University of Chicago celebrated the opening of a new arts incubator in Washington Park spearheaded by Gates.

His 13th Ballad installation will be on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art through Oct. 6.

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