Thematic Artwork: Real Estate Investment

Artists Circle recently completed a project for Bentall Kennedy's new office space in Bethesda. The real estate investment and advisory firm wanted new artwork that tied into their mission as well as complemented their sleek new facility. 

The sculpture commissioned for the reception area used aluminum and wood panels to allude to the company's emphasis on sustainable, green building. 

This 4 panel painting placed outside the kitchen and lounge area reflects the street grid of Washington, DC when viewed from Rosslyn, VA. The company advises on multi-residential, industrial, retail, and corporate properties throughout the city.  

Conference room artwork reflects both abstract and and literal interpretations of architectural landmarks in the DC area by local artists. 

M Flats in Crystal City

"I love working on projects when there is a theme involved!" says Sr. Associate Katie Giganti, shortly after wrapping up a recent installation for M Flats, a multifamily building in Crystal City. "In this case the designer came to us with the concept; the project site was so close to various methods of transportation: the airport, metro, and roads. We sourced mostly local artists for the project, all whose work - whether more literal or abstract - responded to movement and transportation."

A huge photo of a DC taxicab visually grounds the reception desk.

A huge photo of a DC taxicab visually grounds the reception desk.

This series of prints, installed in the lounge area, feature the floor plans of airports. 

This series of prints, installed in the lounge area, feature the floor plans of airports. 

Artists Circle commissioned a photographer to take a custom panoramic photo of Reagan Washington National Airport.

Artists Circle commissioned a photographer to take a custom panoramic photo of Reagan Washington National Airport.

Artists Circle also custom created these wall maps (one of DC and one of Crystal City). They were laser cut out of metal with standoff hardware added on the back to make them project out from the wall a bit.

Artists Circle also custom created these wall maps (one of DC and one of Crystal City). They were laser cut out of metal with standoff hardware added on the back to make them project out from the wall a bit.

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.