It's an ever-changing world and that's how commuters like their art, according to city staff who recommended having temporary, short-term pieces, rather than a permanent installation displayed on the Canada Line's elevated guideway.
The parks and recreation committee endorsed the proposal Tuesday and the public art project is now ready to enter a new phase.
In the coming months, a five-person panel of artists, art professionals and community members will select up to eight artists or art groups for a period of five years.
A permanent framework is to be placed on the ledge at the end of Brighouse SkyTrain Station to ensure easier installation and removal of the pieces.
"The city centre is constantly changing, there's lots of development here," said city art planner Eric Fiss. "It'll be up to the artist to respond to that. Things aren't static here, so we want the art to reflect that."
Last fall, council had approved a recommendation for a permanent artwork at the Brighouse SkyTrain Station and for city staff to consult InTransit BC.
The Canada Line SkyTrain operator expressed concerns about a large permanent installation's impact on operations and maintenance, resulting in a proposal for temporary artworks.
"InTransit BC had more experience with short-term art projects," said Fiss. "And commuters are constantly coming and going along the same route, so it's more interesting for them to change things up."
Fiss also added the pieces could be subject to wear and tear, and changing the installation would allow access to scheduled maintenance and inspection of the guide-way.
The timeline for the project depends on the artworks received, according to Fiss.
Each artwork has a budget of $25,000 to $50,000, culminating in an overall budget of $250,000.
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