Cecil Balmond, once hailed by the New York Times as “an engineering magician,’’ won a contract worth up to $204,000 to create public artwork for the new CTA Wilson station.
Balmond was selected Wednesday from a pool of more than 200 artists, based on his artistic merit and qualifications, CTA officials said.
His selection was not based on a specific proposal for the Wilson Station. His art piece should be based in part on input from community members, officials said.
Construction should start this fall on converting the station into a new transfer point between the Red and Purple Express Lines.
A native of Sri Lanka, Balmond lives in London and has won international recognition for his structural design, engineering and public art work. He also is the author of several books.
He has collaborated several times with Anish Kapoor, who created Chicago’s “Cloud Gate” public sculpture. To commemorate London’s 2012 Summer Olympics, the two created the ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture and observation tower that serves as Britain’s tallest public art piece. They also worked together on the Marsyassculpture in London’s Tate Modern and on a giant Tees Valley art installation.
Balmond also served as architect of a $400 million mixed-use development in Asia; designed the Weave Bridge for the University of Pennsylvania; and is creating an illuminated sculpture to mark the Scottish-English border.