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A Place for Art

The thoughtful integration of art creates an additive and experiential quality to our built environment. A great work of art is emotive and memorable - establishing a meaningful connection between individual and place. Art provides opportunities to celebrate humanity, define its place, and welcome the community together through its expression of beauty.

The integration of art throughout Eaton Center in Beachwood, Ohio allows the work of 51 living artists from 22 countries to become a part of the daily lives of Eaton’s employees. The art reflects a diversity of artist, media, and viewpoint, and is intended to stimulate thought, imagination, and creativity.  The curation of the art is seamlessly coordinated with the architecture and interiors, which are respectful of the color, form, and scale of the pieces. There is often a subtle connection between the piece itself and its unique place within Eaton Center.

One of the most striking pieces in the collection is a three-dimensional wall installation entitled Flow by Mexico City-based artist Erika Harrsch. The paper butterfly-specimens of the piece represent all the countries where Eaton has employees, their size and number being proportional to the number of people employed. Each butterfly is hand-cut, painted, and hand-shaped into a butterfly that is native to the country it represents. The butterfly silhouettes enfold the colorful patterns of paper money: a recognizable transformative energy flowing around the world. The piece is prominently exhibited in Eaton Center’s lobby, creating a welcoming experience to visitors entering the building.

In the spirit of Millennium Park, and Chicago’s current arts-based renaissance, River Point presents a shimmering, curved façade at the confluence the Chicago River in Chicago’s downtown. At the base of the elegant tower, Pickard Chilton collaborated with OJB Landscape Architecture to create River Point Plaza, a transformative 1.5-acre public park and iconic connection point with the treasured Chicago River Walk.

Elevating this vital intersection of public greenway and street life is the Constellation, a sculpture designed by world-renowned Spanish-Swiss architect Santiago Calatrava. Reflecting River Point’s mirrored architectural arch, the sculpture’s graceful circular red form creates a stunning focal point for the plaza and a new iconic destination for the City of Chicago.

The power of sculpture creates awe-inspiring experiences throughout 600 Canal Place, the new headquarters of Dominion Energy in Richmond, Virginia. Visitors to the building are greeted by the sculpture Tumble, designed by Connecticut-based sculptor Tim Prentice. The mixed-metal kinetic sculpture gently scales a multi-story atrium, connecting the entry to the upper levels of the workplace. 

Enlivening a grand amenity experience, the site responsive sculpture Buoyant Bloom by Kendall Buster, a Richmond-based artist and professor, was specifically commissioned for this space. Her work suggests a buoyant and blooming form, unfolding and lifting, in the daylight-filled atrium of the employee gathering space. The elegant series of monumental undulating petals complements the three-story communicating stair, creating an attractive balance within the vertical space.

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Constellation, a sculpture designed by Santiago Calatrava at River Point Plaza in Chicago. Photo Credit: Angie McMonigal
Buoyant Bloom by Kendall Buster at 600 Canal Place. Photo Credit: David Sundberg
Tumble by Tim Prentice at 600 Canal Place. Photo Credit: Eric Caslon
Equinox by Pedro S. de Movellán at Eaton Center. Photo Credit: David Sundberg
LED Chandelier by Ralph Appelbaum at Eaton Center. Photo Credit: David Sundberg
Flow by Erika Harrsch at Eaton Center. Photo Credit: Alan Karchmer
Molecule Sculpture by Ralph Appelbaum in the ExxonMobil Energy Center in Houston, Texas. Photo Credit: David Sundberg
ExxonMobil Office Complex in Houston, Texas. Photo Credit: Joe Aker