PHOTOMETRO. Public transit should be a welcoming experience that helps people learn about and explore Miami. PhotoMetro is a public art competition and exhibition designed to help make that possible. It will highlight the awesome places, beautiful spaces and experiences located around the stops on Miami-Dade’s MetroRail.
HOW IT WILL WORK. We’ll start the project by launching a public art contest focused on capturing beauty in the areas around MetroRail—nearby places, interesting views, the stations and system itself. Any artist using any publicly displayable medium can enter. Through an outreach campaign and website, we’ll ask the public to vote on their favorite entries. The winning entries will be shown in a public exhibition at the end of the contest, and (pending the relevant authorities’ participation) around the MetroRail system.
WHY WE LIKE THIS IDEA. It’s frighteningly easy for riding public transit to become a monotonous experience—particularly when it’s part of your routine—and the lackluster design of most transit systems doens’t help. But MetroRail takes tens of thousands of Miamians past an array of truly awesome places on a daily basis. We should be reminded of that, always; we should appreciate and make use of the diversity of experiences available on a single local train. A public art project allows us to reach at that goal through an open creative process anyone can join.
RISKS & CHALLENGES. For this project to be its most awesome self, we need the goodwill of the relevant authorities managing the MetroRail (or MetroMover) system. We’re already working on that, and are optimistic, but we can still produce a fantastic project even if we can’t display the winning entries on the system itself.
WHY WE CAN GET IT DONE. Our team has a diverse background in the skills we’ll need to complete this project, from event logistics to art to managing contests. We’ll also have the support of the larger WhereBy.Us membership.
Funded by Miami, FL (July 2013)