The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) has begun its transit art program with a call for artists. "The goal of our program is to create a unique identity for each rail station and at our operations control center that reflects the rich history, cultures and traditions of the communities surrounding each facility," said HART Transit Art Administrator Lisa Yoshihara.
Hawaii has a long history of recognizing the value and importance of public art and was the first state to enact a law requiring a percentage of the construction budget for state buildings to be set aside for public art. This policy was later followed by the City. In keeping with this spirit and FTA guidelines, HART has set aside 1 percent of the cost of construction of its stations and the operations center, or $5 million, for our transit art program.
Yoshihara added, "We're encouraging artists working in all disciplines to apply. We will be considering all art that can be produced with or applied to a range of station elements, such as paving and floor designs, wall murals, grille work for architectural fencing, glass work, and integrated sculptural elements."
Completed submissions must be received prior to June 20, 2013, at 7:59 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time on the Call for Entry (CaFÉ) online system: www.callforentry.org.
Those with questions can submit them via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Answers to all questions will be provided by an addendum to the Call for Artists and will be posted to the City's procurement website at www.honolulu.gov/pur. Please check that website regularly for updates.
HART will also be presenting a workshop on June 1 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. regarding the submission process. The workshop will be held at HART's office at 1099 Alakea Street, Suite 150.