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Several TTC subway stations are getting colourful transformations

Along with all of the new subway stops that Toronto is getting for the future Ontario Line, residents can also look forward to some exciting upgrades to our busiest existing stations.

These changes will bring much-needed functional enhancements — like in the Bloor-Yonge Capacity Improvements Project — but also some stunning aesthetic improvements, like the colourful new makeovers on the way as part of the TTC's Easier Access and Second Exit projects.

Though these initiatives are focused on offering accessible and inclusive transit city-wide first and foremost, the commission has also snuck in a few other ways to make the overall customer experience at various stations better through the renovations.

New renderings for the glowed-up Bay, Castle Frank, Christie, Donlands and Lansdowne stations show the inspiring art installations coming to each (pending TTC Board approval) as selected through a procurement process.

Here is what commuters can expect based on the preliminary designs.

Bay Station

ttc torontoConfluence by Francisco-Fernando Granados uses abstract mosaics on the walls and ceilings of this central station. Its colours bring a sense of calm to the bustling stop while also "honouring the history of our city as a meeting place."

Castle Frank Station

ttc torontoThe 3-D pieces that comprise Vivian Rosas' Earth Runs Wild installation are a nod to local nature, "encouraging a sense of community responsibility and stewardship in preserving and nurturing these gifts."

Christie Station

ttc torontoBright images showing carefully selected patterns, photos, and historical objects conflate in Sanaz Mazinani's aptly named Rise Together to "bring joy, history, and a sense of wonder to the station."

Donlands Station

ttc torontoThe work coming to Donlands Station will immerse the hub in the natural world, with collages of flowers, trees and other plants native to the Toronto Islands as part of April Hickox's Field.

Lansdowne Station

ttc torontoShifting Beauty by Steven Beckly decks Lansdowne Station's glass panels in close-up shots of patterns witnessed around the neighbourhood, which the community will be asked to respond to through specialized poetry writing workshops. Their words will then be incorporated into the final project.

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