City announces it will double Muni buses with art in 2017

Five artists beat out more than 53 contestants to place their art on Muni buses.

But unlike last year, that art won’t be displayed on just 50 buses — it’ll be displayed on 100.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency announced its five winners for its annual Muni art contest in conjunction with San Francisco Beautiful last week, but also announced that art will grace twice as many buses as before.

San Franciscans were asked to vote online for their favorite artists they’d like to see grace Muni buses with their work. Voting took place between Aug. 1 and 29 online.

The top 10 vote getters were then whittled down to five winners by a jury of people in the local arts community, according to SFMTA.

The theme of the art project this year is “San Francisco Neighborhoods,” and the winners’ pieces reflect just that.

“Teens of San Francisco” by Monica Tiulescu represents teens from the Mission to Noe Valley in a swirl of surreal colors. Tiulescu garnered 606 votes to claim first prize: $2,000 cash and 20 total buses which will sport her work.

The second runner up with 446 votes, winning $1,250, is “Bit by bit,” by Lillian Shanahan. The piece shows Sutro Tower and Twin Peaks’ rolling hills represented by beads.

“Las Historias” by Luis Pinto, “City Walks” by Counterpoint STudio, and “Sight Seeing” by Todd Kurnat all tied for third prize, also $1,250.

“This project is a win-win for both the artists and the riding public who were engaged in the voting process from the very beginning,” said SFMTA Director of Transportation Ed Reiskin in a statement. “These local artists can be proud to showcase their work across our city, which will add another round of engaging art to our Muni trips.”

That art is expected to be installed in 100 Muni buses within the first few weeks of January 2017.

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