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November 18, 2014

Public Invited to Meet the Artists and Give Ideas for New Art Project at Forest Park-DeBaliviere Station

The community is invited to an informational meeting tomorrow night to meet the two St. Louis artists selected to design and build a new mural at the Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink Station. Metro Arts in Transit is hosting the event on Wednesday, November 19 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Crossroads College Preparatory School located at 500 DeBaliviere Ave., St. Louis, MO.


In addition to meeting the local artists, Catharine Magel and Con Christeson, attendees will be able to provide input about the neighborhood and the community that the artists can use to help develop the design of the new art piece. “The meeting will be an opportunity for the public to enter into a discussion with the artists about art, community, transit and what makes a place special,” said David Allen, director of the Metro Arts in Transit Program.


Magel is best known for her mosaic sculpture and large-scale murals, and Christeson has collaborated on several projects for Metro Arts in Transit, creating artwork for the North Broadway and Gravois-Hampton MetroBus Transit Centers.


The artists will design the mural for the Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink Station on a concrete retaining wall immediately adjacent to the eastbound track and fully visible from the station platform. The wall area for the mural is about 150 feet in length and 12 feet in height. A final design for the mural is expected early next year, with installation completed during the summer of 2015.


About Bi-State Development Agency

The Bi-State Development Agency/Metro (BSDA/Metro) is the operator of the Metro public transportation system for the St. Louis region, which includes the 87 vehicle, 46-mile MetroLink light rail system; 379 MetroBus vehicle fleet that operates on 75 MetroBus routes; and Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 120 vans. BSDA/Metro also owns and operates St. Louis Downtown Airport and its surrounding industrial business park, and the Gateway Arch Riverboats, as well as operates the Gateway Arch Revenue Collections Center, the Gateway Arch Transportation System, and the Gateway Arch Parking Facility.

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