Public artworks are soon to be in place at three of the Silver Line Metrorail stations in Tysons Corner. Preparations for installations of art at the McLean Station, the Greensboro Station and the Spring Hill Station began in late November.
Public art was installed on the facade of the Tysons Corner Station prior to the July 2014 opening of Phase 1 on the Silver Line from East Falls Church to Wiehle avenue in Reston. Work is also underway to prepare for installation of art at the Wiehle-Reston East Station.
Installations will take place over varying times frames, depending on the complexity of the artwork.
The selected artists for the five Phase I Dulles Corridor Metrorail Stations are:
- McLean Station creation by Martin Donlin
- Tysons Corner Station creation by Ray King.
- Greensboro Station creation by David Dahlquist.
- Spring Hill Station creation by Barbara Grygutis.
- Wiehle Avenue Reston East Station Artwork creation by David Wilson.
Integrating public art into overall station designs enhances transit station development for transit users and pedestrians.
The artists and their creations were reviewed by a panel of community representatives and members from, the Fairfax County Arts Council, art and design professionals and representatives of the Metropolitan Washington Area Transit Authority and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority . Members included Doug Carter, Tim Davis, Luca Gori, Elizabeth Lodal, Howard Menaker, Marcia McAllister, Neil Nott, the late Ann Rodriguez, the late Robert (Bob) E. Simmon, Richard Stevens and Henrik Sundqvist. The panel, headed by McLean resident Lodal, reviewed 167 portfolio submissions, selected 15 artist finalists and recommended five artwork proposals for approval by the Metro Board.
That board approved five artwork proposals recommended by the Art Review Panel and authorized the WMATA general manager to enter into contracts with the selected artists, after each proposal was been reviewed by the Virginia Department of General Services’ Art and Architecture Review Board.