Thursday, February 7, 2008

First Week of Flight

With a week of painting under our belts, the Crystal Flight artist’s studio at the Century Center is looking a whole lot more colorful! Approximately 12 of the 50 statues are already underway.

Partly out of necessity, Linda Doyle has made the most progress on her piece, “It Is Written in the Stars.” Harking from Mundelein, Illinois, Linda has shacked up at the Oakwood Corporate Residences in Crystal City and has been painting since the opening of the studio missing Illinois snowstorms, a Presidential Primary, and her family! Check out at the Oakwood is scheduled for Thursday morning so hopefully she will be done soon!

Linda’s plane, which is sponsored by Crystal Flight partner Lowe Enterprises, incorporates scenes of the cosmos onto the Jet statue with a two-foot diameter, 3-D representation of the globe below. The word “peace” is spelled out throughout the work and greeting visitors from around the world by offering variations in over 50 different languages.

A Word From the Artist
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Crystal City, the people have been so very helpful and kind. I want to thank Oakwood Residences for allowing me the privilege of staying in their suites while I was working on the Plane. I felt like a princess. Many thanks to Mr. Kevin Boisjolie and Jennifer Lee, Angie Fox, Maurisa Potts, Rob Mandle and all of the men at the Lowe Enterprises at Century Center I & II, Pam, Diana, Roger, Courtney, Brenda, Christy, Chuck, Ann and Martha, hope I'm not forgetting anyone...sounds like an acceptance speech at the Oscars!!!!! Well I had a blast and will miss you all lots but the snow and my family miss me so I must return to Chicago, I hope to see you in the spring when the planes hits the streets of Crystal City. Bye for now!” -Linda

About the Artist
Linda Doyle is an idealist. She lives in Chicago, loves tea, meditation and detests injustice of any kind.

Her goal is to identify the uniqueness and similarities in each of us and examine how this can strengthen and complement our current way of life.

She attended Edinboro State University of Pennsylvania and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. Learning everything about painting, drawing and sculpture she set out to change the world one project at a time.

This was only the beginning though, she began seeking out public art venues to express her creativity and mission. As an environmental activist she participated in Cool Globes- Chicago. Her globe's theme was Chicago Bike Plan 2015 touting the benefits of riding a bike in the city where she lives. She has been featured n North Shore Magazine, Pioneer Press, the Daily Herald and Chicago Magazine. Her Mini replica globe went to the United Nations Children’s Global Climate Initiative. The “Peace Sundial” is another public art sculpture that she created, located in Winona Lake, Indiana. The sculpture sits among nine other sculptures in a beautiful wooded setting, each displays the virtues that that town has adopted. The Peace Sundial is dedicated to people who lost their lives during September 11, 2001 tragedy at the World Trade Center. Her other projects include A panel for the Mark DiSuvero’s Peace Tower in Chicago. The panels hang from a steel tower erected to show solidarity toward non-violence, peace, and humanitarian efforts. She is currently working on an Arts and Literature Grants for students at Highland Middle School, Libertyville, IL on topics that approach social justice. Linda is thrilled to be a part of the Crystal City Flight Public Art Project.

About Lowe Enterprises
Lowe Enterprises Real Estate Group is a wholly owned subsidiary of Los Angeles-based Lowe Enterprises, Inc., a leading national real estate investment, development and management firm founded in 1972. Over the past 35 years, Lowe Enterprises has developed, acquired or managed more than $8.5 billion of real estate assets. The firm is currently developing 7 million square feet of commercial projects and $2 billion of resort/planned community projects nationwide. Through its hospitality management subsidiary, the firm currently oversees the management of more than 8,400 hotel rooms/units nationwide.

Lowe Enterprises owns and is managing the redevelopment of the Century Center in Crystal City.

At Century Center, the advantages of an urban workstyle are crystal clear. Century Center offers 560,000 square feet of office space and 70,000 square feet of retail space, set within the heart of the “new” Crystal City. More than 200 shops, services, and restaurants are just steps away from this distinctive two-building office/retail complex.

Just as Crystal City has been reinvigorated with bold new concepts in urban planning and design, Century Center has also been transformed into a sleek and sophisticated office environment. A comprehensive renovation of both buildings has included completely refurbished lobbies and public spaces, a new entrance canopy, and extensive enhancements to the building facades. The complex also offers prominent storefront retail opportunities and a vibrant streetscape along Crystal Drive.

The complex is less then a five minute drive from Reagan National airport, within walking distance of the Crystal City Metro station and is easily accessible from the George Washington Parkway, I-395 and Washington, D.C.

Tenants will enjoy spectacular views of the city, as well as all of the benefits of one of the nation’s great 24/7 communities—with public transportation; ample parking; and a host of retail, restaurant, and entertainment options close by. Crystal City’s “Main Street” and pedestrian amenities—including a lively streetscape, parks, and public plazas—are all part of the Century Center experience. Find a new way to work—and a new way of life—at Century Center.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

We work at the Environmental Protection Agency at 2 Potomac Yard and enjoy 2 of your totally excellant airplane sculptures. But could we possibly request exchanging one of our airplanes in trade for "Eco Flight" which currently is parked in front of the water park? Wouldn't our green area be a much more appropriate one? Thanks for considering the trade.