Construction has not started on the Purple Line, but behind-the-scenes artists have been working for months on their proposals to beautify planned stations of the light rail system in Montgomery and Prince George counties.
On Monday, the Maryland Transit Administration and Purple Line Transit Partners unveiled dozens of art submissions created for the $ 6 million art in transit program.
Proposals, which are all published on the Purple Line website, range from colorful murals to hanging sculptures. About 80 artists submitted proposals for the 21 stations along the 16-mile route from Bethesda to New Carrollton. A selection committee made up of officials from MTA and Purple Line Transit Partners as well as community members must choose the winning artwork for each station in mid-May.
But before the winners are chosen, the public can weigh each submission on the Violet line website.
Here are some of the works of art on offer for stations in Montgomery County (click to enlarge images):
Ivan Depena proposed adding interactive LED light wires inspired by underground root growth patterns that can be programmed to respond to train arrivals, movements and time of day.
Atelier Manferdini came up with a slit animation technique in which the cherry blossom artwork remains motionless, but as passengers move along the quay, the flowers appear to open and close.
Craig Kraft proposed a colorful mix of neon tubes above the platform.
Chevy Chase Lake Station at Connecticut Avenue
Benjamin Ball was inspired by the streetcars that once ran along Connecticut Avenue for his “Ghost Train” proposal.
Andrew Leicester pays homage to the radial design of Pierre Charles L’Enfant of Washington, DC, in his proposal.
Vicki Scuri offered to install colorful nature-themed windshields.
The five proposals for this station draw inspiration from the historically black community of Lyttonsville or invoke the memory of Saumel Lytton, the freed slave who founded Lyttonsville after purchasing land in the area west of Silver Spring in 1853.
Cheryl Foster for Lyttonsville Station
Sally Comport for Lyttonsville Station
Meg Saligman for Lyttonsville Station
16th Street / Woodside Station
Molly Dillworth said she took inspiration from houseplants on window sills and clouds.
John Ruppert described his “Passage” as an expression of the optimism felt by early Purple Line supporters such as Harry Sanders.
Unterhalter Truhn offered these colorful windshields for the station platforms.
Silver Spring Transit Center Station
Megan Geckler Studio offered glass panels depicting Silver Spring attractions and residents’ daily lives based on photographs from the community.
Martha Jackson-Jarvis’ proposal calls for a whimsical blue steel sculpture on the railway bridge above Colesville Road.
Oak leaves and acorns, the official symbol of Silver Spring, feature prominently in Nobuho Nagasawa’s proposal.
John Rogers proposed to draw and compress maps of Silver Spring to adorn the windshields of the station.
Silver Spring Library Station
Andrea Dezso developed this work of art featuring images of the seasons on metal panels designed to separate the tracks to prevent people from crossing them.
Paul Hobson presented a ticker display that will show famous quotes from books.
The design of the Ries Niemei station fence would include cut galvanized steel panels with a woven pattern.
Dale Drive Station
David Griggs pays homage in his design to the groundbreaking book by Silver Spring resident Rachel Carson on insecticides, Silent spring.
Steven Weitzman proposed a wall inspired by nature near the station.
Susan Zoccola wants viewers of her glass and steel work to feel like she is walking along a stream.