Green Line artist interviews available at stations

Saint Paul Pioneer Press (MN) |

June 30--Green Line riders can learn about art while waiting for their train.

At each of the 18 new Green Line stations from the West Bank in Minnepolis to downtown St. Paul, posters have instructions for accessing an interview with the artist who created the work at that station.

Using a mobile device, people can send a text or scan a QR code to get the interview. The audio, produced by Minnesota Public Radio, is also available online at metrotransit.org/metro-green-line. Click on a station to find the audio file.

"We've had public art on other parts of Metro Transit, and there's always been ... an interest in people learning more," said Alicia Vap, a manager in the Central Corridor Project Office. "Rather than putting out a glossy publication we wanted folks to have a chance if they're on a platform to get some information."

In the interviews, the artists discuss the stories behind their works. The audio files have attracted more than 300 listens since the beginning of June, according to Jeff Jones, Sound Point producer for MPR.

"It's like the artists are standing next to you on the platform telling you a story," Jones said.

Elizabeth Hernandez can be reached at 651-228-5495. Follow her at twitter.com/literally_lizzy.

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