The Octave

Sr. Associate Katie Giganti and Installer Andrew Burans just wrapped up an installation at The Octave, a new multi-family building in downtown Silver Spring. The art collection has a hint of a music theme to it, without being blatantly obvious. We still have to return for more photographs, but in the meantime, here's a good shot we managed to capture of the first floor lounge area!

Rockville Fun and Whimsy

Many developers and property owners seek the professional services of Artists Circle for exterior and public art projects. Finding an artist who is capable of creating such artwork isn't as easy as doing a quick Google search. We vet artists to make sure they can not only meet the vision and budget parameters of our clients, but to make sure they also have the technical and engineering know-how to understand how to create attachment/anchor points for freestanding or wall-mounted sculpture. Over the years, we have heard so many horror stories of proposed artwork not coming to fruition - or a poorly installed execution of a concept - because of these logistics.

This is an example of a smaller-scale exterior project we worked on. The client provided site renderings and feedback as to what they wanted: color and something dynamic and fun for passersby to enjoy. Artists Circle proposed several artists for the site and ultimately settled on an artist from Boise, Idaho who works in metal, with a long lasting, weather-impervious powder coating applied as a finish.

Architect's rendering showing a geometric composition on the client's "art wall".

Architect's rendering showing a geometric composition on the client's "art wall".

Here are a few of our initial concepts for the space.

Here are a few of our initial concepts for the space.

The selected artist developed this concept, which was tweaked...

The selected artist developed this concept, which was tweaked...

The final installation!

The final installation!

New Artwork for Shady Grove Orthopaedics

First and foremost, congratulations to Shady Grove Orthopaedics on opening a second location in Rockville, Maryland! In order to brighten up the space for the physicians and patients toughing it out in physical therapy, Artists Circle recently sourced and installed a combination of abstract artwork and landscape photography. One of our greatest strengths as a company is our ability to meet deadlines and complete projects in a timely manner - only 6 weeks elapsed between our initial contact and getting the artwork on the walls!

 

On the Boards: Bethesda Multifamily

A few images from a proposal we just sent out! The space is super modern, with a hint of an organic/textural theme to it. We put together the below concepts keyed off the finishes.

A large scale print on canvas proposed for the main lobby and elevator core area.

A large scale print on canvas proposed for the main lobby and elevator core area.

Something with movement and muted colors for the cafe area.

Something with movement and muted colors for the cafe area.

A custom composition for each elevator area: monochromatic with a pop of bright color.

A custom composition for each elevator area: monochromatic with a pop of bright color.

Our "inspiration board" of images that fit the feel our client is going for.

Our "inspiration board" of images that fit the feel our client is going for.

More Than Just Rectangles and Squares

A challenge we run into on many projects is how to artistically address large walls without breaking the bank. One way we've found is to incorporate artwork that is dynamic and made in individual parts or sections to limit the amount of materials being used. In this installation, for a Tysons VA government consulting firm, we retained an artist to create a custom composition of screenprinted, wood mounted prints to a large feature wall in the client's conference center. The installation took a full day, with the artist carefully aligning the circles vertically.

Bioscience Artwork

Artists Circle has been retained by a large Montgomery County biologics R&D firm to install artwork in several buildings across their campus. While we do love to install beautiful artwork, a good portion of our time is spent on project management. In this case, taking several thousand pieces of art and determining how to spread them across buildings with different design schemes in a way that feels cohesive. 

Our installation crew cable-suspended artwork to "float" on top of architectural load bearing cement walls.

Our installation crew cable-suspended artwork to "float" on top of architectural load bearing cement walls.