This blog post aims to inspire the cynic and apathetic. In other words, art deniers don’t want to appreciate art for waiting commuters and walk-through visitors who appreciate visually distinctive stops for a liveable city.
A city worth visiting, stopping and remembering well. For locals and for attracting tourists to even take transit as part of their exploration.
Over and over in Calgary, there are enough politicians and locals who don’t want spend any money on any definitive public art at
transit stations. Maybe these same folks drive cars a lot more than take transit. They don’t have to stand around each day, waiting for a train nor they have had the experience of trying to distinguish each station stop visually in a jam-packed train.
Opposite to dull deniers in Calgary, where in Toronto there has been permanent artwork embedded directly inside its transit subway stations for the past 40 years or more.
My favourite is the Royal Ontario Museum subway stop along the St. George line in Toronto. Transit designers turned a dull yellow bathroom tiled station with columns mimicking museum artifacts –a Native Indian totem, an ancient Egyptian pharoh in warm earth red, black and brown tones of Nature without dungeon darkness found in other stations.
Inside the Dupont station along the Spadina-St. George line are giant wall tile mosaics of fantastic exotic flowers. No idea how this relates to what is in the neighbourhood. Who cares? It brightens another dark corner in the station.
A favourite surprise to Jack and I, is the artwork which may have been around for over a decade outside Coxwell Station on east Bloor subway line. Around a parking lot outside the station are community glass mosaic art embedded in cement walls. Nearby
is The Station, a restaurant that was formerly a transit ticket station. It was adorned with painted murals of 1940-50’s era of transit commuters. We lingered for over fifteen minutes to gaze more closely and shoot photos.
I welcome some permanent art installations at various transit stations. A 10 min. wait or longer can feel much longer on the light rail transit platform.
For sure, if you visit or live in Toronto, hop onto the transit train and see this wonderful art to light up transportation tunnels and corridors.