Golden Triangle Business Improvement District is having a competition to create a new piece of artwork for the entrance of the Farragut North Metro Station.

Katherine Kelly, capital projects and planning manager for the Golden Triangle BID, said the organization is in the process of improving the quality of the area in the hopes of attracting high-end retailers.

Kelly hopes the Golden Triangle will become a first-class commercial district, using Chicago’s Magnificent Mile and Paris’ Champs-Elysées as inspiration.

The contest is done in conjunction with the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Art in Transit Program.

The WMATA Web site reports that public artworks are currently in 17 metro stations along the red, orange, blue, yellow and green lines. In addition, 14 new projects are in the works for eight existing and three future metro stations.

Current art exhibits include an 88-foot-long, four-foot-high mural at the Rosslyn station, and the stained glass wall sconces at the Metro Center station.

The artwork should represent the contrasting environments of the underground metro station and the environment outside, like neon wall sculpture at the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro Station, inspired by the chopsticks, chinese fans and glowing paper lanterns. Artists from the Washington D.C. area will have until May 23 to submit their ideas. Finalists will be announced on July 9.

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