The United Brotherhood of Carpenters
Artists Circle Fine Art spent the better part of a year working with Washington, DC power house law firm Arent Fox (www.arentfox.com) organizing the firm’s 350-plus stored artworks. Artists Circle researched the collections’ value and worked with the partners to develop a natural flow throughout four floors. The space, recently renovated by Gensler (www.gensler.com), became a wonderful backdrop and provided employees with a fresh look at the firm’s collection.
The Aloft project was initiated through the design firm working on the space, WDG Architecture, who contacted Artists Circle several months before the hotel was scheduled to open. With seven different investors/owners, including The Peterson Companies, we had to come up with an answer to fit everyone’s desire for a unique and bold piece of artwork for the main lobby. Without the luxury of meeting with all of the decision makers, Artists Circle utilized digital means to convey the options. Of the presented artwork, the development team selected painter Alan Simensky whose two-part, 10×10 foot Downpour VI painting on canvas best captured the desired Aloft ‘feel’.
The JBG Companies
Among several Artists Circle Fine Art/ The JBG Companies (www.jbg.com) collaborative projects is North Bethesda Market, a mixed use development in Montgomery County, Maryland that is going to be the site of a hallmark sculpture installation. World renowned artist James Sanborn is creating an exterior environment in the site’s plaza that challenges the viewer to think about the geologic, environmental and human “footprints” that are the land’s foundation.
In a commitment to sculpture that pre-dates recent Art in Public Places mandates, Buchanan Partners has worked with Artists Circle Fine Art for over 20 years commissioning artwork and large scale sculpture for their development projects. Buchanan’s latest acquisition is the 17′ fabricated bronze “Sidle” by Guy Dill. The sculpture stands in front of the LEED Certified – Gold Bowie Corporate Center.
The United Brotherhood of Carpenters
The United Brotherhood of Carpenters building at 101 Constitution Avenue Washington, DC, is one of the most prestigious building lobbies Artists Circle has been involved with to date. Commissioned artworks included a multi-element suspended sculpture by MIT professor Michio Ihara and a ceramic wall relief by accomplished sculptor, Geoffrey Pagen. The most commanding presence in the lobby is Bo Bartlett’s Heroic Carpenter, #16 oil on canvas, dominating the building’s North Wall.
One of Artists Circle Fine Art’s favorite recent projects was a collection we assembled for Time Life (www.timelife.com). From David Row’s ability to capture in paint entanglements of line and field to Lance Letscher’s oversized collages of children’s book covers and vintage record covers, the whole Collection reflects the here and now nature of the firm’s business as well as the 20-somethings demographics of the workforce.
Booz Allen Hamilton
Booz Allen Hamilton always outfits their new spaces in classic finishes, with bright, enlivening splashes of color and fun fabrics. Artists Circle has been involved with several Booz Allen Hamilton projects within the past year; the photo above gives you a glimpse into one of their Washington, DC spaces. Sepia toned photographs hang above the lounge banquette, offering visitors and employees interesting imagery to inspire their own work. Other artwork in the space includes abstract red and yellow giclee prints on canvas, a series of black and white classic photographs, and tranquil images of trees in the workstation areas.
Kaiser Permanente’s new medical office building on Capitol Hill is a perfect example of such a space and we were very excited to have the chance to flex our creative muscles with this project. Working closely with the client, we decided that the best approach was to use a mixture of a variety of media and styles rather than sticking with an assortment of a single type of art. The mixture of paintings, photography, wall mounted ceramic and glass sculpture and prints on plexiglas and bamboo panels provide a rich variety while the three-dimensional nature of many of the pieces adds depth to the space. We think that the art chosen for the space goes a long way to scrub away any last traces of the “clinical” feel that can oftentimes make hospitals and doctors’ offices seem so unwelcoming, instead providing a sense of warmth and openness that we hope makes the space that much more pleasant for the staff to work in and for patients to experience during their visits to the facility.