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NSW artists have been invited to create artworks for station entrances to the new metro line from Sydenham to Bankstown.
Ten artists or artist groups will be selected for 10 paid commissions of up to $25,000 each to create semi-transparent works embedded in glass panels at each of the new stations that are due to open in 2024.
Public artwork installed at the Kellyville Metro Station.
The opportunities were announced as the state liberal government called for expressions of interest to build the Sydney Metro West tunnels.
The first art project for Sydney Metro, Light Line Social Square, was designed for the Sydney Metro's north-west line by Turpin+Crawford Studio and McGregor Westlake Architects in conjunction with station architects Hassell.
Public art was integrated into the architecture and landscape of all eight stations from Tallawong to Cherrybrook, with sculptural art also commissioned for entrance foyers, concourses, lower-level platforms and escalator voids of the underground Metro stations Crows Nest, Victoria Cross, Barangaroo, Martin Place, Pitt Street, Central and Waterloo.
Khaled Sabsabi, an award-winning western Sydney artist, has developed a large sculptural artwork for Barangaroo concourse. Rose Nolan, a Melbourne artist whose work has transformed Melbourne trams as part of the Melbourne International Arts Festival, has been commissioned to produce public art as part of the Sydney Metro works at Central Station.
The budget for these integrated sculptural works at each of these stations was between $850,000 and $2,350,000.
Each of the 10 selected artists on the Bankstown line will be paid an artist fee of $20,000 to $25,000 – depending on the size and number of glass panels required, with Sydney Metro to bear costs of technical development, prototypes, materials, approval, and construction.
The 10 stations are: Marrickville, Dulwich Hill, Hurlstone Park, Canterbury, Campsie, Belmore Park, Wiley Park, Lakemba, Punchbowl and Bankstown.
Arts and Aboriginal Affairs minister Don Harwin said there would be a focus on First Nations artists for Canterbury and Punchbowl stations.
This article first appeared on www.smh.com.au
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