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Once Around the Web: Gettin’ Artsy with Transportation

Arty commuting in sparkling Naples metro

Commuting has never been so arty —  for the price of a metro ticket, tourists and locals have access to 16 metro stations filled with 200 colorful works of art — including sculptures, murals, mosaics and floor decorations.

Paris Métro Stops Come To Life In This Surreal Art Project

In French photographer Janol Apin’s Métropolisson project, the names of Parisian subway stations come to life when the photographer stages scenes with astronauts, rock stars, barebreasted goddesses, and more on the platforms of the city’s subway system. The result is a series of photographs emphasizing our disconnect with the past and the results are fantastically bizarre. Click above to see more of the photos.


NYC is holding a subway swing dance party in vintage train cars

The party departs from the Second Avenue station platform this Sunday, December 8th Daddio! RSVP here if you’re going to be in NYC. It’s a part of MTA’s Holiday Season Nostalgia Train & Bus Rides. Can’t make the party? Here in Seattle we have the Metro Employees Historic Vehicle Association (MEHVA) which sponsors excursions and special trips using their fleet of historic trolley and motorbuses. This year they are doing Santa’s Light Tour on Saturday, December 14th! Santa Claus takes time out from his busy schedule at the North Pole for a 3-hour tour of Seattle’s best Christmas lights. Buses depart at 7 p.m. and tickets are $5. ORCA cards won’t work for this trip!

photo by @VivereNewYork

#NYCVINTAGETRAIN2012 photo by @VivereNewYork


Seattle has a rich tradition of public art. Check out SDOT’s Art Plan which details how we here at SDOT use our 1% for Art funding. And if you’re an artist who’s really on the ball, you probably already know about our  Call for Artists for major Seattle Waterfront artwork. The call is open to professional artists working nationally or internationally. The budget for this commission is approximately $1,000,000, inclusive of design, fabrication, delivery, installation, travel, fees, taxes, and other project-related costs. The application deadline is Thursday, December 19, 2013 so get crackin’ on that proposal. All the details are outlined in the Working Plan for Art on the Central Seattle Waterfront. This major commission is envisioned as a centerpiece for the Waterfront, for Pier 62/63 or the Union Street Pier.

Semi-Related: Artwork installed on First Hill Streetcar poles

Public art around Seattle