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Public Art Network Highlights 2 GSA Art in Architecture Projects

August 13, 2010

The Public Art Network recently included two GSA Art in Architecture projects in its "2010 Year in Review."

Since 2000, the group’s "Year in Review" annually recognizes outstanding public art projects that represent the most compelling works from around the country. This year, the network selected “Third Bank of the River” by Alan Michelson and “Gesture Politics” by Sean Healy, both installed at federal facilities through the GSA art program, from more than 390 submissions of public art from around the country. The two works were among the 40 public art projects featured at the group’s annual conference in June in Baltimore.

“Third Bank of the River,” an art glass window panorama documenting several miles of the local border shoreline between the United States and Canada, is installed at the Massena, N.Y., Land Port of Entry. "Gesture Politics," in the lobby of the FBI Building in Houston, is a wall of glass that visually documents the site before construction of the building and includes film portals depicting FBI employees in universal human gestures such as embracing and shaking hands.  

GSA’s art collection is one of the oldest and largest public art collections in the country. It includes permanently installed and moveable murals, paintings, sculpture, and architectural or environmental works of art. The collection dates from 1850. With nearly 18,000 works of art made by American painters, sculptors and artisans that enliven public buildings across the nation, the government is the nation’s most important steward of the arts.

The agency’s Art in Architecture program today continues the government’s commitment to art by commissioning public artworks from some of the most important contemporary American artists for federal buildings. In doing so, GSA creates buildings that express the vision, leadership, and commitment of the government in serving the public and the communities in which these works are located, as well as expressing the values of our nation.

Art Installation named 'Gesture Politics'   Art Installation named 'Third Bank of the River'
"Gesture Politics" is a work by Sean Healy and is on display in the lobby of the FBI Building in Houston. It is a wall of glass that includes film portals depicting FBI employees in universal human gestures such as embracing and shaking hands.     “Third Bank of the River” by Alan Michelson is installed at the Massena, N.Y., Land Port of Entry. It is a glass panorama documenting several miles of border between the United States and Canada.

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