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Honolulu rail art program sees strong interest

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:20 a.m. HST, Jul 05, 2013

A committee is reviewing hundreds of submissions to create public art in stations of Honolulu's planned rail system.

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation says more than 400 art submittals were received by last week's deadline, which was extended by a week.

The authority put out a nationwide call for artists for the $5 million public art program. The project will highlight work created by artists who have a strong understanding of and affinity for Hawaii's history and culture.

The art will be displayed at the 21 stations along the route that will connect Kapolei with Ala Moana Center. The art will also be displayed at the train control center in Waipahu.

After review by the transit art committee, those who qualify will compete for 25 art opportunities.

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bender wrote:
Of course there was strong interest. It's a great opportunity for obscure artists to dip their beak in the $5 million fund. What they don't know is that their art will probably end up in a warehouse with a lot of other art the city has purchased.
on July 5,2013 | 05:30AM
realist3463 wrote:
Wait until you see the graffiti all over the rail cars and station. I just got back from Europe and with the exception of Germany (and only mostly), the intra city rail cars are covered with graffiti. Germany does not take tickets for intra city rail but passengers are honor bound to buy tickets. Those who try to scam the system and are caught, pay a 45Euro fine, about $59 US.
on July 5,2013 | 05:50AM
engineersoldier wrote:
Nationwide? I thought the point was to showcase local art and artists.
on July 5,2013 | 08:14AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Wah,wah,wah.....mommy give me my bottle, plez!
on July 5,2013 | 09:08AM
false wrote:
nanakuliboss: You get paid for posting this drivel?
on July 5,2013 | 12:18PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
No like the anti drivel, it's ALL FREE.
on July 5,2013 | 03:28PM
Skyler wrote:
Seriously overpaid if he is... 'wah wah wah' & 'plez'?
on July 5,2013 | 08:46PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I think it has to be nation wide because the Federal Funds involved. Not 100% sure. I do know that the Federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) part of the project is an absolute failure - there is supposed to be 13% of contract dollars going to small disadvantaged, women and minority businesses but the actual amount is under 1% so far. So much for spreading the wealth.
on July 5,2013 | 09:48AM
I would estimate that there are "local or hawaiian artists" nationwide.
on July 5,2013 | 06:40PM
Sunny wrote:
The artwork is an unnecessary expense with vandalism and graffiti a major concern. Save this money and focus on safe clean stations with restrooms.
on July 5,2013 | 08:22AM
steveoctober wrote:
Better if they just use the wall space for paid advertisements, including alcohol and tobacco. This monstrosity is going to need every penny it can get in positive cashflow.
on July 5,2013 | 08:47AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I hope they open up the competition by voting from the public. For $5 million of our scarce tax dollars we should get to vote for what we like the most. It's our money - or is this another case where the government or its appointed few will decide what is best for us?
on July 5,2013 | 09:45AM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
Should've sold advertisement space instead. According to the pro rail people, the space would've sold like hotcakes since the ridership will be enormous. In reality, private industry knows the real picture and would not touch buying ad-space on this monstrosity.
on July 5,2013 | 10:31AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Car dealers would have snapped it up.
on July 5,2013 | 12:54PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
In reality, the private industry knows the real picture and are going All In with their money on the TOD developments! Kakaako condos going like hotcakes baby.
on July 5,2013 | 03:33PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
What a totally nonsensical statement! The big problem HART faces is that no businesses have stepped up to advance the TOD agenda. No wonder - the track record of TOD for the private sector is miserable. The condo developers do not give a fat hoot in Hades about rail. The condos in Kaka'ako do not benefit from rail - they are already close to downtown, Ala Moan a and Waikiki. The condo boys would build them regardless.
on July 5,2013 | 07:03PM
kahuku01 wrote:
You're right! Who gave HART the authority to allocate $5 million for art work to be displayed at 21 stations? This is taxpayers money that they've decided to spend on art work, especially when no one can predict if the rail will be operating efficiently. HART authorities are planning too far in advance for a project that is irrelevant to the construction and operational phase of the rail system. Have they gone out to the community and ask for inputs or is this another one of their done deal decisions? Unfortunately, the $5.26 billion budget for the rail project provides HART the freedom to spend taxpayers money like they have more than enough to complete the construction and operational phase and anticipate to spend for the pretty things they WANT.
on July 5,2013 | 04:20PM
control wrote:
Agreed, this is a total waste of money. Unless they encase their artwork they will be the target of graffiti artists. even then there will be graffiti on the cases. Say why don't we just leave blank paintings and let the graffiti artists do their thing, at least the city won't have to spend 5 mil on them.
on July 5,2013 | 09:46AM
samidunn wrote:
What the heck - All federal money, not costing us anything right.
on July 5,2013 | 11:22AM
false wrote:
I wonder how many potholes could be fixed with $5 million?
on July 5,2013 | 12:17PM
What does it matter when the pot-holes are only a temporary fix to an ever widening problem.
on July 5,2013 | 06:42PM
kahuku01 wrote:
How do you think our government (fed, state, city) operates? TAXPAYERS!!! whether it's federal money, heck, it's your tax money and everybody else that earns an income. Do you think that federal money is just printed money? Com-on learn about your government or at least know what happens to your with holdings from your earnings, if you're employed.
on July 5,2013 | 02:40PM
samidunn wrote:
Kahuku01 - I was being facetious. I get tired of people thinking federal funds is free money.
on July 5,2013 | 06:12PM
iwanaknow wrote:
My neighbor submitted,...........hope springs eternal.
on July 5,2013 | 03:09PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
NO. Like the anti drivel, it's All Free.
on July 5,2013 | 03:29PM
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