Lunch and Learn

Where is our favorite place to take our lunch break? YOUR OFFICE! Meeting new people to tell them all about Artists Circle! We try to select architecture and design companies once per month to partake in our AO presentations to introduce them to our company and services. Who doesn’t like an Artists Circle provided lunch and the opportunity to meet other businesses in our community?! Today we presented at KGD Architecture and took great pleasure in connecting with their team members.

 

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The Project Manager, Olivia Zvara's Most Memorable Project

Artists Circle works on tons of fascinating projects.  We decided to ask our project manager, who has been with Artists Circle for 2 years what her most memorable project was.  In the Words of Olivia Zvara: 

"My most memorable/educational project was with MSRB, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board. MSRB is responsible for regulating banks and brokers in the United States that issue municipal bank bonds to fund public projects. I had absolutely no idea what that meant when we first got pulled onto the project, but over the 4 month project, I received a crash course education in the history of municipal bond issuance in the US!

MSRB wanted to feature images of public projects that were funded by municipal bonds. This includes bridges, schools, airports, public parks, and zoos, just to name a few! I worked with their internal marketing team to track down the original bonds that funded each project. Some of them dated all the way back to the 1920s. Each image that lines the corridors, conference rooms, and lounge areas at MSRB is a specific, recognizable landmark or facility that was funded in some way by municipal bonds. The MoMA? Funded by municipal bonds! The Erie Canal? Funded by bonds! The Golden Gate bridge? Funded by bonds! Eventually, we plan to create a booklet to leave at MSRB’s reception desk that will feature the exact bond next to a photograph of the completed project.

The project was a challenge because Jack and I had to dig through old government archives and files to verify which public works were funded by bonds, but the history lesson definitely made it worth it! The result at MSRB’s office is an elegant nod to the company’s history and bright future."  

 

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Nokomis

An art consultant is defined; “As an Art Consultant, you help people select and acquire art – including paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptures – for their home, business, or collection,” according to chegg.com, but It’s not a secret Artists Circle isn’t your typical Art Consulting Firm.  Our most recent venture was helping Danny Lane, an artist that traveled all the way from the U.K., put together and install his latest work of art which is titled Nokomis.  He was inspired by Algonquin/ Powhatan legends.  Artists Circle had a blast working alongside Danny and his team for four days creating and perfecting the sculpture that is now placed at a new apartment complex located on Freedom Drive in Reston, Virginia.  The sculpture is made up of 296 glass pieces and stands 14 feet tall.

 Danny, our installer Dan, and the rest of Danny's team cleaning and getting the glass pieces ready to put together.

Danny, our installer Dan, and the rest of Danny's team cleaning and getting the glass pieces ready to put together.

 The sculpture being put togther (took 2 days to assemble on site in Reston, VA)

The sculpture being put togther (took 2 days to assemble on site in Reston, VA)

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Creating Custom Artwork for Your Space

Project #1

Artists Circle was contacted to create a custom, bicycle-themed sculpture to be installed in the lobby area adjacent to the fitness center in a mixed use multifamily/office building in Washington, DC. Associate Katie Giganti developed several concept sketches and the client finally settled on the idea below: bike chains vertically suspended from horizontal armatures, mounted at different depths from the wall. Some of the bike chains will be colored in a palette designed to compliment the finishes in the space.

 

 project #1: Initial Sketch

project #1: Initial Sketch

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Project #2:

This custom art concept, developed for a lobby in Rosslyn Virginia, is designed to represent a topographic map of Rosslyn, the Potomac River, and Washington DC. The wall sculpture will be made of thousands of aluminum tiles bent at various radii to create the topo effect.

 Mapping out the final product

Mapping out the final product

 breaking down how to successfully create the topo effect 

breaking down how to successfully create the topo effect 

Project #3

The Law Library of a local Circuit Court is being renovated and the designer integrated a large “floating wall” to separate the study area from the book shelves. Associate Katie Giganti first presented some wall sculpture concepts to the client and they loved the idea of something circular to break up the otherwise very linear feel of the space. However, they started thinking something with thematic imagery related to the use of the space would be more fitting than a purely abstract work of art. Katie then created a custom, 7’ diameter photomontage. The overlaid pieces on top will stand off at various depths

 The final Product

The final Product

 The intial conecpt 

The intial conecpt 

Stamps: a Timeless Gizmo

Stamps, we’re all familiar with them.  The necessity needed to send any type of physical mail.  The first stamp was invented May 1, 1840 in Great Britain, and now in 2018 are used Globally to successfully communicate around the world.  Before the internet, and before phones, there were very few ways to be able to communicate with people across cities, states, nations and Countries.  To be able to achieve a universal way of communication there needed to be one crucial component- the stamp.  Here at Artist Circle we come across all types of art, and this project was most certainly one for the books. Artists Circle commissioned this artist for Groom Law Group’s reception area.  The unique use of color and the precision of stamps is eye catching and mind boggling.  Our very own Jack Devine and Olivia Zvara worked on this project and will never forget it.

Upon stumbling up on this artwork by illustrator Diana Sudyka that focuses in on an artist who manipulates the classic stamp look, we couldn’t help but be taken aback. This reminds us of our project and leaves us speechless.  We treasure the use of detail and the modern spin on something that is 178 years old. 

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 The beginning of the Stamp piece used for Groom Law Group’s reception area.

The beginning of the Stamp piece used for Groom Law Group’s reception area.

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 The final mounted and finished at Groom Law Group’s reception area.

The final mounted and finished at Groom Law Group’s reception area.

 Work done by Diana Sudkya 

Work done by Diana Sudkya 

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Perspectives

If we know anything about life it is based on perspective, and if we know anything about art, we know life imitates art.  This sculpture incorporates both perspective and art, a sculpture built to change its' own details as the sun changes.  The constant change of artwork gives viewers a brand new perspective of the sculpture to observe.  How does this work?  The formation of the discs generate moving shadows in the courtyard and the glass.  Take a look at what inspired us this Tuesday! 

 This sculpture is 20' h x 6' w x 10'    

This sculpture is 20' h x 6' w x 10' 

 

 This sculpture is made of laminated glass, metal discs and stainless steel. 

This sculpture is made of laminated glass, metal discs and stainless steel. 

 This sculpture is located in Silver Spring, MD. 

This sculpture is located in Silver Spring, MD. 

Piedmont Project

Jack and Olivia’s most recent project was at Piedmont REIT.  Their Lobby In Washington D.C. was renovated by OTJ Architects. A local D.C. Artist met with Jack and Olivia, and they learned about her process and her inspiration. They made sure to see the pieces in person and verify they were the right fit for this project. These mixed media paintings on paper and are mounted on a Sintra board.  The installation process took two days and three installers to successfully get the cleats set up to dry.  These paintings bring a vibrant and electrifying atmosphere to the downtown lobby.

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Hudson Cook Installation

Artists Circle's most recent project will be sure to knock your socks off.  Olivia Zvara and Jack Devine’s most recent venture was for Hudson Cook, a Maryland based law firm with an office on K street.  The space designed by SKB Architecture encompasses a sleek design with silver accents and clean crisp lines, so Olivia and Jack chose an oil painting on canvas with impressionistic style to balance out the space. 

 

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    “It looks great!!!!!!!!!  I love it and have gotten a lot of very positive feedback from my colleagues.  Thanks so much for all of your help!!” – Meghan Musselman, Partner at Hudson Cook   

 

“It looks great!!!!!!!!!  I love it and have gotten a lot of very positive feedback from my colleagues.  Thanks so much for all of your help!!” – Meghan Musselman, Partner at Hudson Cook

 

Nature in the Big City

Is there anything cooler than a petrified moss wall sculpture that requires absolutely no maintenance? The answer is NO - there is nothing cooler! Our very own Artists Circle associates Jack and Olivia sourced these as a way to bring a sculptural, botanical element into an interior setting. The corridor in which these pieces are placed leads to an exterior rooftop patio, so the moss sculptures serve as a sort of introduction or teaser for people heading out to the rooftop garden. Dan had a blast installing these for penthouse at a downtown Washington D.C. corporate office building. What better way to Incorporate nature into the big city?

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 Check out this close-up detail of the moss - it is just as textural and soft as it looks! 

Check out this close-up detail of the moss - it is just as textural and soft as it looks! 

 Though the composition of the triptych is continuous, each piece is framed by reclaimed wood panels. 

Though the composition of the triptych is continuous, each piece is framed by reclaimed wood panels.