Hyatt Place Arlington/ Courthouse Public Art
Client: Schupp Companies
Location: Arlington, VA
Selected Artist: Vivian Beer
Pictured Above: Dressed Up and Pinned by Vivian Beer, 2016. Photos courtesy of the artist.
When redeveloping a site for a new hotel in the desirable Courthouse neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia, the Schupp Companies filed a site-plan application to gain approval for flexibility in development form, use and density beyond what is permitted by-right. As part of their application, they agreed to provide public art as a public benefit and hired Via Partnership to advise on artist selection and oversee the development of the public art project.
Via identified the New England-based furniture designer/maker Vivian Beer who created a dramatic and compelling sculptural work that also functions as a bench. Dressed Up and Pinned is based on the forms of fashion and the materials of automotive design and takes the shape of a surreal stiletto high heel which morphs into drapery as it wraps around the façade of the building.
Beer held a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship at the National Air and Space Museum while conceiving of this work, which was inspired by the history and culture of cars, fashion and the golden age of flight. She researched the design history of aeronautics and aerodynamics and was especially influenced by streamline design of the 1930s, Art Deco and the modern machine age aesthetic in industrial design.
Via worked with Schupp Companies to navigate the County’s requirements for approving the artist selection, concept design and installation and participated in a dedication ceremony for new hotel.