An Apartment State Of Mind
April 15, 2022
At Fairfield, we know that being a multi-family housing provider is much more than offering apartment living. It’s about being a thoughtful member of the local community. That’s why we’re proud to work with local artists to add something special to our communities. To celebrate World Art Day, we’re highlighting some of the local artists that have contributed art to our communities across the nation.
Amie J. Jacobsen is a designer, sculptor, and public artist in the Kansas City area who has produced across mediums, including painting, illustration, 3D design, and metal-working. She holds a BA in Studio Art from Western State Colorado and an MFA in Illustration from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD).
At 22 feet tall, the Flame of Inspiration is made of polished stainless steel and thick, colored glass. The towering size and shape represent the spark that begins all great ideas, and the piece was specifically designed to be a place people can sit and contemplate in the presence of something beautiful.
Matt Babcock is a professional welder, metal fabricator, and architect. With a background in art history, studio art, urban design, and engineering, he has been producing large scale sculptures and public art since 2008.
“Curious?” is your official invitation to investigate your surroundings. Depicting a bear puling up the sidewalk to see what’s underneath, the life-size powder-coated aluminum sculpture is a playful connection between our innate curiosity and the local Bear Creek trail. Four aerial “brushstrokes” made of folded metal plates combine to represent the form, movement, and emotional state of the bear, which took more than 200 hours to create and install.
BroCoLoco uses its team’s background in architecture, hospitality, and travel to dream up and implement large-scale commercial art installations and murals worldwide.
The Lady of Fenwick by BroCoLoco was commissioned specifically for our community as part of an eclectic art collection. Shout out to a few of the other artists who contributed at this community, such as Foon Sham, Margaret Boozer, and Anne Marie Cherre, who created the Club Room’s focal gallery wall (as seen in the header image on this post).
Gordon Huether has been creating public commissions since 1989. Since, his projects have ranged from airports and transportation centers to hotels, universities, and museums. Much of his work is inspired by the effects that nature has on man-made materials and pays homage to the awe-inspiring forces of nature.
Originally displayed in an exhibition at Bottlerock Napa, this large-scale installation is made of aluminum and glass. The sculpture is prominently situated within a spiral wall in a vehicular roundabout.
Natalie Lanese has most recently been exhibited at the Akron Art Museum, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, and the Toledo Museum of Art. Her public work commissions and murals can be seen across the Midwest and in galleries in New York, Massachusetts, and Maine. Lanese is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Siena Heights University in Michigan, and has an MFA from Pratt Institute and a BFA from Xavier University.
This untitled installation is in Natalie Lanese’s signature style: punchy colors and layered patterns. Idea1 Apartments is another community with a highly curated art collection featuring a number of renowned artists. With stunning pieces from Lisa Levy, Lana Z. Caplan, Cy Kuckenbaker, James Reka, Pandr Design Co., every day feels like World Art Day!