New rail lines bring new art
The number of art pieces is about to grow substantially with the opening of four new rail lines and a bus rapid transit line in 2016. The artists and projects are set for the three rail lines that make up the Fastracks Eagle P3 project which consists of the University of Colorado A Line going to/from DIA, the G Line, connecting downtown Dever and the Arvada-Wheat Ridge area, and the B Line connecting Westminster to downtown. Click on the images below to meet the artists and see their ideas.
Take an art tour
You're probably familiar with art walks…but did you know that in metro Denver, you can take an art ride?
Thanks to RTD's Art-n-Transit program, you can enjoy an eclectic array of public art pieces at more than 45 rail stations and bus terminals throughout the metro area. Keep reading to learn more about the art behind the transit and then take a self-guided tour of the artwork.
What is Art-n-Transit?
Since 1994, the mission of RTD's Art-n-Transit program has been to enhance the design, aesthetic quality and user friendliness of transit projects, as well as to foster transit-oriented community development.
The Art-n-Transit program is based on RTD's belief that public art helps provide a stronger connection between neighborhoods and transit. Installing artwork at transit facilities creates a sense of community and provides opportunities to celebrate the diverse cultural, ethnic and historical richness of the many communities RTD serves. In addition to enhancing the beauty of the entire transit system, public art also helps discourage vandalism and graffiti.
What kind of art will you see on RTD?
As you ride RTD, you'll notice two types of public art. The first consists of art enhancements — artistic elements incorporated into the design of the transit station. These include windscreens, benches, canopies, railings and other basic architectural features that provide functional benefits and make stations and terminals easily identifiable.
The true centerpieces of the Art-n-Transit program are the site-specific commissioned artworks. These murals, mosaics, sculptures and other imaginative installations were created by artists hired to produce unique works of art that reflect the surrounding community and add an identifying element to the neighborhood. Community members participate in the selection process for each of these commissioned art projects.
We invite you to take a ride on RTD and get a first-hand glimpse at one of the metro area's most innovative art collections!
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