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Metro’s Art in Transit Program aims to present commuters with lasting works of art. But at the construction site of the New York Avenue station along Florida Avenue NE, one piece has an expiration date: Among 36 panels in a mural titled “Celebrating Our Communities” is an image of four women playing soccer in front of a cheering crowd—capturing the Washington Freedom of the now-defunct Women’s United Soccer Association. The league folded this past summer, but the painting, created last fall by students in the Perry School Summer Art Program, will remain in place on a construction fence “at least another year,” says Metro spokesperson Steven Taubenkibel—followed by permanent display elsewhere after the station’s scheduled opening in December 2004. “Life is temporary,” says Perry School instructor Stanley Squire, who supervised the artists. “That’s what art is all about. It captures history.” —Chris Shott