Monday, March 31, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
"Kong Returns" is an attempt to recall childhood memories of the classic movie era. The vintage plane seemed to naturally lend itself to a theme of this type. The biggest challenge has been how best construct Kong’s hand. After many hours of trial and error it seems like a plan of action has finally been settled on. This Crystal Flight project has been a team effort as Christopher is joined by co-workers Beth Ready, Matt Rowan and Scotty Hasty collaborating on two separate planes: "Plane Jane" and "Kong Returns." Both planes are sponsored by Gensler.
An irreverent melding of the decidedly masculine fighter plane with the feminine design for a shoe, the "Plane Jane" reframes the viewer's expectations. Clad entirely in glossy black "patent leather" and the signature single button, the design motifs of the classic Mary Jane shoe find a new home on a jet.
So why was the "Mary Jane" chosen as a motif? A simple answer could be that it rhymes with plane. A more complex answer is that it provokes an immediate response depending on the viewer. Most women immediately understand the title, as frankly, the fairer sex has a much better understanding of shoes and their styles. Men tend to be a bit more confused, sparking conversation and debate as to why, exactly, one would clad a plane in black and stitchwork. Is it inappropriate? It it an attempt at being surreal? Is it a comment on war? Is it just a joke? The answers are up to the viewer- we're just setting up a topic of conversation. After all, provoking those types of things is what we believe great, fun design should do.
Artist Statement - Christopher Kelley - Kong Returns
A graduate of the University of Florida with a Master of Architecture degree in 1997, he is presently a project architect with Gensler in Washington, DC. Due to his dedication to the professional development of emerging professionals, Christopher has served on several local, state, and national boards and committees for the American Institute of Architects. Equally passionate about design of an academic nature, he has been a guest design critic and participated in panel discussions at various universities. He also actively pursues architectural and design competitions as a means of testing his pedantic ideologies. As a result of constantly exploring theoretical approaches to architecture, he has received several design awards and has had work exhibited at venues throughout the United States.
Artist Statement - Matt Rowan - Plane Jane
For Matt Rowan, The Crystal Flight project has been more of a true team effort than a one-man-show. Joined by three co-workers from Gensler, the group, affectionately known as "The Morning Zoo," is actually collaborating on two separate planes: "Plane Jane" and "Kong Returns." Both planes are sponsored by Gensler.
With a broad base of experience designing everything from corporate interiors, lighting fixtures, transportation systems, to custom china, Matt currently leverages this diverse background as designer in Gensler's Brand Design Studio. His exposure to multiple viewpoints and philosophies began at an early age, with the bulk of his childhood spent in Hawaii. The global city of Washington D.C. was his next home, offering a much more exciting but decidedly less tropical environment in which to grow. After attempting to abandon his artistic tendencies as a pre-med student at William & Mary, Matt quickly redirected himself towards the study of art, architecture, and psychology. While those three disciplines may initially appear to be disparate, Matt believes that all relate to the human experience, expression and perception of the spaces in which they live. Matt furthered his study of this philosophy at Art Center College of Design in California, where he graduated with honors with a degree in Environmental & Industrial Design.
Matt currently lives with his wife, Claire and son Will in Herndon, Virginia.
Gensler is a global design, planning, and strategic consulting firm, with more than 3000 professionals networked across 30 offices on five continents. Consistently ranked by U.S. and international industry surveys as the leading architecture and interior design firm, Gensler leverages its deep resources and diverse expertise to develop design solutions for industries across the globe. Since 1965, Gensler has collaborated with clients to create environments that enhance organizational performance, achieve measurable business goals, enrich people and communities, and enhance everyday experiences. For its longstanding commitment to the advancement of sustainable design, Gensler received the Leadership Award from the U.S. Green Building Council in 2005.
This year Gensler is celebrating over 25 years in the Washington DC Metro Area. Clients include Crystal City BID, Rosslyn BID, Arlington County, Discovery Communications, Corporate Executive Board, Gaylord Entertainment, and numerous Federal entities. We are also proud to have built a strong reputation and relationships throughout the development community, working with those who make an impact on the built environment of this community every day.
Posted by Crystal City BID at 11:19 AM
Friday, March 21, 2008
If you have a moment during the day, feel free to swing by the pedestrian concourse in 2345 Crystal Drive to see the action.
Posted by Rob Mandle at 12:43 AM
Beth Baldwin was born in Trenton, New Jersey and raised in Bucks County Pennsylvania. From the age of three Beth painted whatever she could get her hands on- rocks, wood, and sometimes to her parents chagrin, walls.She went to the Indiana University of Pennsylvania to persue being a set designer and received her BFA and went promptly to Ohio University to persue her MFA for scenic and prop design. Beth moved to Washington DC in 1998 for an internship with the Shakespeare Theatre in the props department. They hired her permantently three months later and Beth made props for almost 10 seasons making everything from fake pigs, to gravity defying bocce balls. She left the Shakespeare Theatre in August 2007 to persue her own art and to making more art happen in and around her adopted city of Washington, DC.This is Beth's fourth public art project, having participated in DC's Pandamania, University of Maryland's Fear the Turtle and Arlington Virginia's Tour of Arlington Mini-Golf classic.
About Beth's Sponsor - Crystal City Marriott
The Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport is located steps from hip restaurants and trendy shops and a short Metro ride away from Washington DC, offering the perfect location for both business and leisure travelers. Comfort and convenience define this Arlington, Virginia hotel that offers luxurious guest rooms and suites coupled with high-tech business amenities. For those looking to host an event in Northern Virginia, the Crystal City Marriott offers a variety of event facilities and services for conferences, meetings, weddings and receptions. Families and couples will enjoy a wide variety of Arlington vacation packages to choose from that feature low rates and great perks. The hotel is ideally located just one mile from Reagan National Airport and is a short commute to the downtown Washington DC area. This Crystal City, VA hotel is also located near the best tourist attractions in the Washington DC area including the Arlington Cemetery, Kennedy Center, and the Pentagon.
Posted by Crystal City BID at 12:42 AM
Thursday, March 20, 2008
When thinking about jets and airplanes, our relationship to the sky above us naturally comes to mind. "Crystal Constellations" captures the some of beauty and the mythology of that sky. Throughout history mankind has looked up into the night sky and appreciated the beauty of the stars. Many cultures have named groups of stars and built elaborate stories around them. I have included representations of some of the more popular of these constellations in my jet.
"Safe Landing" is a tribute to the need for natural spaces near our urban centers such as Crystal City. Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary is located just across the George Washing Memorial Parkway from Reagan National Airport. It is an oasis both for wildlife and for the people who go there to reconnect to nature. This jet is a reminder of some of the beauty of the trees and wildlife you can find there. (Learn more about Roaches Run.)
Brenda received her Master of Fine Arts in Painting from The George Washington University in 2004, and her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from James Madison University in 1993. She has exhibited in three Artomatic shows (2002, 2004, and 2007), including last spring in Crystal City. As a result of that exhibition, she was invited to have a solo show at the Pershing Park Café from July through November 2007. Her other local solo exhibitions include “Urban Streams” at the Arlington Campus of GMU, “Views of Huntley Meadows,” and her thesis show, “A Sense of Place” at the Dimmock gallery at GWU. She also participated in a four-woman show at the Rock Creek Gallery in Washington, DC called “A Feeling of Intimacy.” In July of 2007 Brenda was commissioned to create a sculpture of a horse built of recycled materials for the Virgin Festival Concert in Baltimore, MD. Each of the last three years, she has received art grants to build sculptures at Playa Del Fuego, a Burning Man Regional Arts festival.
For more information check out Brenda’s website at http://www.silverravenstudios.com/.
Posted by Crystal City BID at 1:40 PM
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
As a young artist in Washington, I'm presently compeled to explore the acceptable limits and boundaries of conceptual art and crafts. In general, my work begins as a commentary on modern life, often highlighting notions of consumerism, religion, and psychology. My process then typically incorporates altered found and appropriated objects to invent unlikely but provoking sculptural homages to the mundane (the antithesis of our current digital age). These composite expressions of the contemporary daily grind are often very colorful, playful, and optimistic. My usage of imagery and appropriated material expresses sympathy for orphaned objects, discarded items, and small pieces of misplaced americana. Essentially those lost fragments are treated as tokens of innocence, childhood and vulnerability. However on closer inspection each piece is delicately torqued with some acrid detail or subtle satirical touch. The resulting sensation of tension and anxiety is meant to demonstrate my codependent relationship to a globalized and anonymous existence in the 21st century. In essence, my work is intentionally futile, a passive aggressive narrative about the unavoidable accumulation of memory and ones subsequent culmination of identity by default. My intention simply is to express the pluralistic nature of being 'twenty something' in 2008. Learn more about Nicholas by visiting his
About Nicholas's Sponsor - Bureau of National Affairs (BNA)
BNA is the leading independent publisher of print and electronic news and information products for professionals. BNA produces more than 300 news and information services, including the highly respected Daily Report for Executives, Daily Labor Report, and Daily Tax Report. Visit BNA at http://www.bna.com/.
As a young artist in Washington, I'm presently compeled to explore the acceptable limits and boundaries of conceptual art and crafts. In general, my work begins as a commentary on modern life, often highlighting notions of consumerism, religion, and psychology. My process then typically incorporates altered found and appropriated objects to invent unlikely but provoking sculptural homages to the mundane (the antithesis of our current digital age). These composite expressions of the contemporary daily grind are often very colorful, playful, and optimistic. My usage of imagery and appropriated material expresses sympathy for orphaned objects, discarded items, and small pieces of misplaced americana. Essentially those lost fragments are treated as tokens of innocence, childhood and vulnerability. However on closer inspection each piece is delicately torqued with some acrid detail or subtle satirical touch. The resulting sensation of tension and anxiety is meant to demonstrate my codependent relationship to a globalized and anonymous existence in the 21st century. In essence, my work is intentionally futile, a passive aggressive narrative about the unavoidable accumulation of memory and ones subsequent culmination of identity by default. My intention simply is to express the pluralistic nature of being 'twenty something' in 2008. Learn more about Nicholas by visiting hiswebsite.
Posted by Rob Mandle at 11:59 PM
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
A Word from the Artist
"Besides constructing these projects, one of the biggest challenges is building up an inventory of jewelry. What is amazing about this project is all the people who have helped me with this issue by giving me jewelry. My sponsor for this project, Crystal City Shops, has generously provided me with a large amount. It was so helpful when Brenda Davis and her assistant have given me bags of jewelry. Another friend, Barbara Nash, provided me with another stash of jewelry as well as good moral support. All the ladies at my exercise class were also excited about the project and have donated many pieces of jewelry. Other artists, working on other air planes, have left bags full of nice jewelry that seem to appear when I arrive each day. This list includes Robert, who works next to me, as well as Chuck. I want to thank each and everyone. All this support has helped me move along with the project."
"The blue jay plane is also coming together. My inspiration for this plane is from the blue jays that come to my bird feeder in my back yard. I want to thank all the fellow artists who compliment my Blue Jay and tell me what they like best about it."
About Hyatt Regency - Crystal City
Explore over 200 stores, shops and eateries. Plan a meeting at any of over a dozen hotels or just grab a cappuccino and relax in one of Crystal City’s nine beautiful parks.
Posted by Crystal City BID at 2:13 PM
Monday, March 17, 2008
For the Langes, Crystal Flight has been a family affair, even bringing their young infant son Sebastian to the kick-off party in January. Together, the trio have been working on three planes separate planes: "Breaking the Color Barrier," "City Bound," and "Freedom's Flight." The planes are being sponsored by the Marine Corps Marathon, Crystal Gateway Marriott & BIN 1700, and Boeing.
Every generation travels, driven by a desire to discover new places, enjoy new sites, and follow history. People seek momentos to help remind themselves of the places they have seen and visited. Often these souveniers come in the form of stickers from cities, airlines, and hotels. "City Bound" represents a three-dimensional testament to the journeys made through time and places visited. In an attempt to stay true to vintage themes, a simple black and white background was selected to showcase authentic reproduction travel stickers. We hope that this theme reminds all to enjoy the fine food, wine, and accommodations found throughout the world.
People of all ethnicities join in the sport of running, such as in the Olympic Games, and the many Marathon Events held each year throughout the world. Whether Asian, Caucasian, African-American, or Indian; tall, short, skinny, fat, young or old, man or woman, running offers a spirit of exercise that is possible wherever a person lives. "Breaking the Color Barrier" illustrates this cross-section of diversity through images of individuals depicted across the surface of the plane. Running and jogging (or exercise in general) helps to unite us all and creates pathways to break the color barrier.
The colors red, white, yellow, and blue and the American flag's stripes and stars, have long been a tradition and anchor for the United States and its corporations. We wanted to celebrate this sentiment by highlighting its history and putting forth the dynamics of energy and freedom. "Freedom's Flight" represents a spirited showcase that reflects the creativity and ingenuity found throughout our great nation.
Born in Rhode Island in 1963, Shauna Lee Lange grew up in southern New England. After serving six years in the U.S. Navy, she studied public administration (arts) at Roger Williams University and thereafter joined the Federal Civil Service working in support of the U.S. Government. Shauna Lee has lived in Florida, Italy, Bahrain, Arizona and Massachusetts. She now makes her home in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband Alex and their infant son, Sebastian. An adult daughter, Lauren, resides in Brooklyn.
Lange’s work encompasses artistry in ephemera assemblage, mixed media, and collage. She has a keen interest in the public arts arena and outsider or visionary art. In 2006, she founded and now runs a full service professional arts advisory firm within Metropolitan DC. Her arts concentration is in the area of art writing, art design, art consulting and art coaching. She participates in community service projects and loves great books.
Born in Germany in 1942, Alex Lange grew up in Switzerland. After a transatlantic voyage to the United States at the age of 17, he went on to serve two years in the U.S. Army. He attended Pratt Institute and Yale University before becoming a professional architect. Alex has lived in London, New York, and Wisconsin. He now resides in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife Shauna Lee and their infant son, Sebastian. Four adult sons include: Alexander of New Jersey; Matthew of Chicago; Christian of Chicago; and Philip of Williams Bay.
Lange’s work encompasses large scale, commercial architecture including projects such as London’s Canary Wharf and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. His drawings are clean, straightforward, spacious and insightful. He has a keen interest in sports as an avid skier, tennis player, and soccer coach. He is an accomplished competitive pool player and speaks several languages. Alex is co-founder of shauna lee lange arts advisory, a full service professional arts consultancy within the Metropolitan DC area.
Posted by Crystal City BID at 1:41 PM
Friday, March 14, 2008
As the creative force behind “The Ark Takes Flight,” Trilogy Design Group, Inc. is thrilled to be a part of the Crystal City Flight.
Like so many creatives in our industry, the designers at Trilogy juggle lives as graphic artists and fine artists on a daily basis. When the opportunity to design and paint a Crystal City airplane sculpture walked through our door, we pounced on it! “The Ark Takes Flight,” combines our own identity, with Noah’s Ark, creating a world where our Trilogy brand co-exists with the passengers aboard the Ark. The Ark has been easily transformed from the infamous water bound boat into a flying fortress. “The Ark Takes Flight” is an important piece for Trilogy Design Group because it symbolizes the creative journey designers embark upon when faced with a project where the realm of possibilities is endless and the only inhibitor is the fear of flight itself. Take the leap and fly!
Trilogy Design Group is a creative design firm located in the heart of downtown Norfolk, VA specializing in identity and brand development, with an additional focus on marketing collateral, print advertisements, website design, and packaging.
For those curious design seekers, please visit us at http://www.thinktrilogy.com/ and take a walk through our creative habitat where small voices roar, ideas take flight, and inspirational designs are achieved with intelligent and thoughtful decision making. That jungle out there? It’s our playground.
Posted by Crystal City BID at 10:35 AM
Thursday, March 13, 2008
The Block party will also feature live music on the street from the groups listed below and various other entertainment from area restaurants.
The Reflex (80’s)
Folsom Prisoners (Country Classics)
Wicked Jezabel (Classic Rock)
View the complete press release here.
Posted by Crystal City BID at 9:00 PM
Monday, March 10, 2008
Roger Cutler was born in Washington DC and grew up in suburban Maryland. When I was younger I was interested in math and science. Although I briefly considered going into aerial photography after getting my pilot's license, I had no interest in art.
Posted by Rob Mandle at 11:27 PM
Sunday, March 9, 2008
This plane was inspired by a group conversation we had at lunch one day about how cool it would be to cover a plane with all recycled or renewable materials. We all strive to be as environmentally conscientious as possible in our personal lives as well as our professional lives, and so we thought that creating the Eco-Plane would be a fun way to express the importance of doing so.
So far the plane is coming along nicely, although we have hit a bit of turbulence, so to speak. One of the difficulties was making the base of the plane into a planter to accommodate the types of plants used in green roof construction. To do this, we had to build up a concrete edge all the way around the existing base, adding at least another couple hundred pounds to the already very heavy planes. So far, so good, though, as you will note from our progress photos. The next big hurdle will be figuring out how to get our recycled aluminum cans to lie flat enough against the wings of the plane so that they can withstand the curious hands of viewers and the elements of nature. Once we complete this, we¹ll be on the home stretch!
Be more PBS plane-
The concept for this plane was another group collaboration between our team and the great folks over at PBS. Of all the colorful PBS branding and products there are, we thought that a PBS Kids themed plane would be the most fun to create and the most fun for viewers to see. And of course, who can choose between all of those cute PBS kids characters?!
It was tough, but we could only fit so many of them on the plane, so with the help of PBS, we narrowed the group down to seven key characters that are flying the “Be more PBS” plane. To really convey the whimsical spirit of the characters and of the PBS Kids brand, the plane will be painted in their bright green signature color, accented with stripes of purple and orange, and of course, the faces of characters such as Dot, Dash, Clifford, Curious George, Ruff, Word Girl, Hooper and Arthur. The base of the plane will represent the sky through with the plane is flying, along with the special Be More PBS words...Be more adventurous, creative, inspired, adventurous, etc.
About Pixels & Ink
By establishing a corporate identity, creating web presence, multimedia design, advertising and publication layout, P&I offers one-stop shopping for all your design needs. Moreover, P&I maintains a cohesive group of dynamic and creative talent to deliver the latest in industry trends and standards. And in addition to producing great graphic design, P&I’s artists are constantly involved in the local community and art scene, participating personally and professionally in Crystal Flight, Artomatic, the Corcoran School of Art + Design, AIGA, ADCMW, and the Torpedo Factory.
Posted by Rob Mandle at 10:50 PM
Friday, March 7, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
One plane will be decorated by the children of Crystal City's newest and largest day care facility, Bright Horizons. The Center Director of Bright Horizons - Crystal City, Amiee Lacson, agreed to sponsor one of the Crystal Flight statues and give her children a chance to get in on the fun! The children, with artistic assistance from Amiee and parents will spend a day working on the plane in space donated by Vornado - Charles E. Smith. Project Partner JK Moving and Storage will assist with the transport of the plane to the space.
The second plane will be covered with Chalkboard paint and placed along Crystal Drive allowing passersby to add their creative thoughts onto the plane.
About Bright Horizons
Posted by Crystal City BID at 5:32 PM
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
A special thank you to our plane sponsor Archstone and to JK Moving & Storage in transporting the plane from Crystal City to the Verizon Center.
Posted by Crystal City BID at 9:52 AM
Monday, March 3, 2008
Anne is completing "Flying Home" for artist sponsor Holland & Knight. Known for her renditions of cityscapes, Anne envisioned the capturing of Crystal City's changing architectural identity. Read on below for a more detailed Artistic Statement directly from Anne. You can also learn more about her by visiting her blog and website.
Sleek Modern architecture of Crystal City, a contrast to the Victorian brownstones of DC, inspired me to create the vintage airplane, “Flying Home,” for Crystal Flight. Patterns of billowy clouds on the wings of the Vintage Plane, “Flying Home,” signifies the airplanes return to “home” territory in Crystal City. Painting with signature primary colors, the body of the airplane is a building that symbolizes the passengers homes. Emblems of modern apartment buildings; windows, balconies and terraces adorn the column and base of the design. Hints of cultural interchange and proximity between Crystal City, National Airport, and DC inspired me to include a view of the Potomac River along the base of the design. I am portraying an idea with exuberant colors that says “Hello! Welcome Home to Crystal City.” Many thanks to Holland and Knight and the Crystal City Bid for providing resources for the Crystal City architecture and the Crystal Flight project.
About the Artist
Marchand produces her paintings in her Washington, DC studio. She reads poetry and loves to walk in the neighborhoods of Washington, DC. Marchand has exhibited extensively in the United States in galleries in Washington, DC, New York City, Santa Fe, Sedona, Florida, California and Hawaii. She has been awarded four Individual Artist Fellowships through the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. In 2003, she was awarded an Artist In Residency Grant by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation to teach a mural workshop in Culiacan, Mexico. Anne was selected Liquitex Artist of the Month in 2004. After completing a 34’ Public Art Mural at the Westminster Playground in Washington, DC in 2002, she was nominated for the Mayor’s Art Award for Excellence in Artistic Discipline. Her mural was included in a Visions Award to the Westminster Neighborhood Association from the Committee of 100 on the Federal City. The Washington Post published an article about her contributions to the community through her mural work.
Posted by Crystal City BID at 9:15 PM