As work on the Crosstown Line 5 continues across Toronto, Metrolinx recently shared looks at some of the permanent art installations have begun at a number of the stations along the route. Narrowed down from a shortlist of 14 artists that were prequalified by Metrolinx in January of 2016, each artist's qualifications and art submissions were then reviewed by an independent selection panel made up of four specialists before they were chosen to be installed in select stations. 

Ride of Your Life, artwork by Janice Kerbel, image courtesy of Metrolinx

At Caledonia Station, Janice Kerbel's the Ride of Your Life is a series of large-scale mosaic wall installations inspired by the mosaic tiles that have been used in the signage, architecture, and design of transit stations for decades. 

Ride of Your Life, artwork by Janice Kerbel, image courtesy of Metrolinx

At Kennedy Station, Joseph Kosuth's Locations of Meaning features the word “meaning,” translated into the 72 languages that are spoken in the Greater Toronto Area.

Locations of Meaning, artwork by Joseph Kosuth, image courtesy of Metrolinx

Each word has been laser cut out of stainless steel, and inset into etched tiles, which have been installed across the station walls. 

Locations of Meaning, artwork by Joseph Kosuth, image courtesy of Metrolinx

At Oakwood Station, Nicholas Pye's Assembly with Colour, Rhythm, and Form features a colourful, abstract image. The artwork offers more than one representation: on one hand, it represents the points of intersection on a transit map, but on the other hand, it also represents the cultural mosaic of the neighbourhood.

Assembly with Colour, Rhythm and Form, artwork by Nicholas Pye, image courtesy of Metrolinx

And at Science Centre Station, colourful glazed tiles make up Sarah Morris' Total Lunar Eclipse. Inspired by the lunar cycle, the artwork is meant to invite reflection on concepts of light, scale, and motion throughout the space.

Total Lunar Eclipse, artwork by Sarah Morris, image courtesy of Metrolinx

The two large wall works are composed of custom porcelain tiles that have been silkscreened by hand.

Total Lunar Eclipse, artwork by Sarah Morris, image courtesy of Metrolinx

In addition to these artworks, integrated art components are coming to Mount Dennis, CedarvaleForest Hill, and Eglinton stations as well. All are created by emerging Ontario artists. 

UrbanToronto will continue to follow updates on the Crosstown Line 5, but in the meantime, you can learn more from our Database file for the stations, linked below. If you'd like, you can join in on the conversation in the associated Project Forum threads, or leave a comment in the space provided on this page.

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