DeeDee Morrison is a nationally-recognized sculptor who has worked as a public artist for 12 years, producing large-scale sculpture installations throughout the United States and in Russia.
Mayor Emanuel and Chicago Transit Authority President Forrest Claypool today announced that the CTA awarded contracts to artists to create public artwork for the Red Line North Rail Stations. President Claypool unveiled renderings of artwork that will be permanently installed and displayed at seven North Red Line stations that were rehabbed last year.
"This project will help showcase our city's great and diverse artistic talents to our ridership in the very communities that inspired the works," said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. "This artistic initiative allows all CTA riders to gain a more personal understanding of the uniqueness, history and diversity of our city's neighborhoods as they travel throughout out city."
"Mayor Emanuel and I have committed to expanding public art at CTA stations to promote a friendly and inviting atmosphere that enhances the public transit travel experience," said President Claypool. "The artwork will reflect the unique, vibrant communities that surround each station and extend the benefits of our station improvements to every customer who walks through our station doors.
The Parallel Frames of Reference sculptural reliefs by Deedee Morrison are designed to take a 2D wall surface into the 3rd Dimension. The dramatic architectural reliefs will be located on the ornamental fencing on the Lawrence Transit Station entrance areas and continue their journey up the mesh panel system on the wall surfaces of the stairwell.
The drama of the Parallel Frames of Reference three dimensional sculptural reliefs begins when the passenger approaches the Lawrence Transit Station. The audience will visually engage with the essence of Moorish and Mediterranean sixteenth and seventeenth century architectural designs; reinterpreted, and synthesized with an updated aesthetic principle. The CNC laser cut screen patterns will re-enact the architectural design elements found in Moorish arches, window frames, lattice work, engravings and tile details.
Deedee Morrison created these interpretive structures based on the architectural history of the Uptown Theater District of Chicago in the 1920's. Parallel Frames of Reference combines traditional sculpture construction methods with cutting-edge digital design and fabrication technology.
For the Red North station projects, nearly 300 artists submitted their credentials and qualifications to be considered for the commissioning of the seven artworks. From these applications, an evaluation committee selected 31 artists/artist teams from all submissions based on artistic merit, qualifications and professional recognition of the artists, and the artists' written statements of interest. The selected artists were provided a summary of community input solicited by the CTA during three public meetings last fall, which was taken into consideration as the artists created and submitted station-specific proposals. As a result of this process, Deedee Morrison was awarded the contract for the Lawrence Rail Station.
The artwork for the seven (7) north Red Line stations is paid for with Transit Enhancement Funds from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The total project budget for all seven stations is nearly $621,000 and includes all costs including artist fees, fabrication, shipping/delivery, installation, administrative fees and a project contingency fund.