MARTA seeks artist to create large-scale installation: Here’s how to apply

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From soccer fields and farmer's markets to public art, there's been an effort in recent years to spruce up MARTA stations around town, adding value for commuters and the community.

Now, Atlanta’s transit system is looking for an artist to breathe new life into the Airport station.

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In a release for the project, MARTA says it’s seeking an artist to “create an artwork to be translated into a large mosaic installation at the Airport MARTA station.”

"The selected artist will work in tandem with a mosaic fabricator to bring their original artwork to its best translation in mosaic tile," according to the release.

Since launching Artbound, MARTA's public art program, stations from Midtown to Decatur have been given a fresh look. The program is ideally meant to make stations feel more like destinations, according to MARTA. In addition to the murals, Artbound brings live performers to stations throughout the city.

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For the Airport station project, MARTA is looking for an artist who works primarily in paint or two-dimensional media. The selected artist will be responsible for the original artwork and coordinating with the mosaic team, but not for installing the the tile, according to the project summary.

Funded by MARTA, the project has a budget of $35,000 to cover the creation of the artwork.

The completed project will be displayed as riders exit the MARTA gates and head to the airport’s North and South terminals. Artwork that was completed for the site in 1988 will be put into storage, according to the release.

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“The entire passenger area of the Station is undergoing a cosmetic upgrade, and this artwork is part of that initiative,” according to MARTA.

The project is slated to be completed in 2021.

Artists who are interested in the project should submit their applications by 5 p.m. on March 2. Details on application requirements can be found here.