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.
Introducing the O-Train Stage 1 public art
The City of Ottawa Public Art Program is pleased to invite you to attend the opening celebration of the O-Train Confederation Line public art. OC Transpo will be creating a festive atmosphere at each of the 13 stations to mark this historic achievement.
Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019
Time: 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Location: O-Train Confederation Line Stage 1 LRT from Tunney’s Pasture Station to Blair Station.
This event is free and all are welcome. Many artists will be in attendance by their artwork to speak about their work.
Ride the train and explore artwork by 24 artists at 13 stations:
- Tunney’s Pasture: artwork by Derek Root
- Bayview: artworks by Adrian Göllner and Pierre Poussin
- Pimisi: artworks by Nadia Myre, Simon Brascoupé with Emily Brascoupé-Hoefler, Sherry-Ann Rodgers, Doreen Stevens, Sylvia Tennisco, featuring 101 hand painted paddles by Algonquin Anishinabe artisans
- Lyon: artworks by Geoff McFetridge and PLANT Architect
- Parliament: artworks by Douglas Coupland and Jennifer Stead
- Rideau: artworks by Geneviève Cadieux and Jim Verburg
- uOttawa: artworks by Derek Besant and Kenneth Emig
- Lees: artwork by Amy Thompson
- Hurdman: artwork by Jill Anholt
- Tremblay: artwork by Jyhling Lee
- St-Laurent: artwork by Andrew Morrow and temporary mural by Taqialuk Nuna, Moe Simega Kelly, Anna Rickenbacher Mguni, Vanessa Michalchuk, Még-Ane Letang, Jenna Brown & Embassy of Imagination, Pascale Arpin and Dominic Sonier
- Cyrville: artwork by Don Maynard
- Blair: artwork by cj fleury and Catherine Widgery
The City of Ottawa Public Art Program commissions site-specific art through a one percent funding allocation from new municipal development projects. As part of this Program, the O-Train Public Art Program launched in 2012 with a series of calls to artists, including separate opportunities for Algonquin Anishinabe artists for Pimisi Station. Twenty-four artists were peer-selected to create artwork for 13 stations along 12.5 km.
More information about the O-Train Confederation Line
Introducing Corridor 45|75
We are excited to announce that, as part of the Public Art Program, a brand-new exhibition space is opening in the LRT Rideau Station! 45.4252°N, 75.6913°W – the coordinates of Ottawa’s newest underground art space
Transformations: 24 artists. 13 station. 12.5 km., Corridor 45|75’s inaugural exhibit, will open on Saturday, September 14, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in conjunction with the launch of the O-Train Confederation Line.
Rideau Station, O-Train Confederation Line LRT, West Concourse – Level 2 (accessible through the Rideau and Sussex entrance)
Open daily. Free admission to the exhibition space.Wheelchair accessible.