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O-Train Public Art

About the O-Train Public Art Program

The O-Train Public Art Program offers a platform for artists’ teams to create public art that will position Ottawa as a leading city for innovative and engaging contemporary art in light rail projects. This Program will inspire and create dialogue about the role of art in our city, and enhance the transit experience across Ottawa.

The O-Train Public Art Program is made possible due to the City of Ottawa’s Public Art Policy which designates 1% of capital project budgets for public art.

Stage 1: Confederation Line

In January 2010, Ottawa City Council approved the functional design for the Confederation Line Light Rail Transit (LRT) in Ottawa, Ontario. The O-Train Stage 1 Public Art Program launched in July 2012 along with a call for Algonquin artists in November 2012. Open competitions resulted in twelve artists/artist teams to work as members of the project design team to create integrated artworks at each station.

The O-Train Stage 1 Public Art Program released another call to artists for non-integrated artwork in June 2014 and resulted in the commission of seven permanent, stand-alone artworks at six themed stations. The six themed stations are located in Ottawa’s downtown core (Bayview, Pimisi, Lyon, Rideau, Parliament and uOttawa). There are two distinct commissions for uOttawa station, and the Algonquin-themed Pimisi Station remained exclusive for artwork designed by Algonquin artists along with requirements to collaborate closely with nearby Algonquin Anishinaabe communities.

Archived information: O-Train Stage 1 Public Art Program

Stage 2: Confederation Line and Trillium Line Extensions

stage 2

About

Stage 2 will add 44 kilometres of rail and 24 new stations, extending light rail farther south to Limebank Road with a spur to the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport, east to Trim Road, and west to Baseline Road and Moodie Drive.

Public Art Projects

The O-Train Stage 2 Public Art Program is providing a public canvas to artists across the world.

It will position Ottawa as a leading city for innovative and engaging contemporary art in the public domain. The goal is to create a cohesive narrative between and along the transit lines, regions and geography of the city and enhance the transit rider experience for visitors, and residents. Artist-led teams have an opportunity to address space, object, and pedestrian movement.

The Stage 2 Public Art Program will engage five separate teams to design and implement public art within five separate sections of the alignment:

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  • Confederation Line East Extension: One artist team will integrate works of art and work to transform the following LRT Stations: Montréal, Jeanne d’Arc, Place d’Orléans, Orleans Blvd and Trim, as well as the surrounding landscape.
  • Confederation Line West Extension #1: One artist team will integrate art and work to transform the following LRT Stations: Westboro, Dominion, Cleary, New Orchard and Lincoln Fields stations.
  • Confederation Line West Extension #2: One artist team will integrate art and work to transform the following LRT Stations: Moodie, Bayshore, Pinecrest, Queensview, Iris, and Baseline stations.
  • Trillium Line: One artist team will design digital media artworks at various spaces throughout three feature stations: Gladstone, South Keys and Bowesville.
  • Byron-Richmond Corridor: One artist team will design and implement a community engagement process that capitalizes on the Byron-Richmond Corridor’s assets, inspiration, and potential, to create a quality public space and experience for its users.

Calls and opportunities: O-Train Public Art

Confederation Line East/West Extensions Public Art Projects

This competition is now closed. Learn more

Overview

This opportunity will result in three artists’ teams working with the O-Train Stage 2 Design Team to create a cohesive narrative between and along the O-Train Confederation East/West extensions.

  1. Confederation Line East Extension:  One artist team will be given an opportunity to integrate works of art and transform a series of five station sites – Montreal Road, Jeanne D’arc, Place d’Orléans, Trim, Orleans Blvd and the surrounding landscape.
  2. Confederation Line West Extension #1:  One artist team will be given an opportunity to transform a cluster of five station sites that include Westboro, Dominion, Cleary, New Orchard and Lincoln fields.
  3. Confederation Line West Extension​ #2: One artist team will be given an opportunity to transform a cluster of six station sites that include Moodie, Bayshore, Pinecrest, Queensview, Iris, and Baseline.

As members of the design team, artist teams will have an opportunity to address space, object, and pedestrian movement. The public art designs may include integrated, non-integrated artwork, place-making and cultural landscaping elements as a component of the overall design of the station sites.

Selection process

  • Stage 1: Request for Qualifications 
    Artists’ teams are invited to submit their credentials to be reviewed for eligibility by City of Ottawa procurement staff and selected by an independent jury of arts and art transit professionals. The selection jury will recommend a shortlist of candidates from the submissions received through the RFQ.
  • Stage 2: Request for Interview
    Artists’ teams who have been shortlisted will be invited to attend an information session with Stage 2 Design Team in June 2019 - followed by an interview to the selection committee.

Key Team Members: Relevant Project Experience

  • Three (3) years demonstrated project experience of complex public art, preferably within transit projects
  • Public art in complex multi-model national and international architecture or infrastructure projects
  • Innovation and problem solving
  • Demonstrated experience working as members of an artist team and/or multidisciplinary design team on large scale urban development projects, in particular related to architecture, engineering (e.g. structural, civil, electrical, mechanical), landscape architecture and/or industrial design
  • Demonstrated experience with managing project budgets over $1 Million CND
  • Knowledge and ability to read and interpret architectural drawings and meet requirements for engineering preliminary design, final design and construction as well as fabrication and installation of public art, including tendering process
  • Availability for the duration of the project time

Trillium Line Public Art Project

This competition is now closed.

Overview

The public art opportunity is for one artist team to design digital media artworks at various spaces throughout three station sites along the Trillium Line: Gladstone, South Keys and Bowesville.

Artist teams will have an opportunity to address space, object, and pedestrian movement. The public art designs may include integrated, non-integrated artwork, place-making and cultural landscaping elements as a component of the overall design of the station sites. Maximizing public access and visibility of public art elements will be important considerations for the success of the O-Train extensions in Stage 2.

Selection process

  • Stage 1: Request for Qualifications 
    Artists’ teams are invited to submit their credentials to be reviewed for eligibility by City of Ottawa staff and selection by an independent peer selection committee of arts, and art transit professionals. The selection committee will recommend a shortlist of candidates from the submissions received through the RFQ.
  • Stage 2: Request for Proposal 
    Artists’ teams who have been shortlisted and will be invited to submit a proposal to the selection committee July 2019.        

Lead Artist: Relevant Project Experience

  • Project experience of complex public art projects within large-scale Public-Private Partnership (P3) projects and/or Design, Build, Finance, Maintain (DBFM) projects, preferably projects specific to transit;
  • Experience completing three (3) to five (5) digital public art projects (including design, fabrication and installation) in complex multi-phased national and / or international projects;
  • Public art in complex multi-model national and international architecture or infrastructure projects;
  • Innovation and problem solving;
  • Demonstrated three (3) years+ experience working on an artist teams and/or multidisciplinary infrastructure design team;
  • Demonstrated experience with managing and authoring projects over $500,000.00 CND;
  • Knowledge and ability to read and interpret architectural drawings and meet requirements for engineering preliminary design, final design and construction as well as fabrication and installation of public art, including tendering process;
  • Availability for the duration of the project timeline.

Learning Series

The Public Art Learning Series is presented by the City of Ottawa Public Art Program to provide artists and arts professionals alike with key knowledge, tools and methods to take ideas from the studio into the field of public art.