New art installation in Harrisburg
On Sept. 29, an eight-painting series titled “Trees and Vines” by Claire Sherman was installed in the Sylvia H. Rambo U.S. Courthouse in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The 84 inches high x 66 inches wide oil paintings are individually displayed in the elevator lobbies floors three through 10. The composition of the paintings located at the lower floors are denser with lush foliage and the paintings located on the upper floors
progressively introduce more open sky and light. This landscape series was inspired by the local plants and natural forms native to Harrisburg and surrounding counties served by this courthouse.
Claire Sherman shared, “My hope is that the works evoke a connection for visitors to locations that they know and allow them to reflect on common experiences in nature.”
Sherman’s artwork joins a 250 foot mural painting by Monique van Genderen titled “I Thought of You…The People’s Painting,” installed in the main lobby of the Rambo USCH in late 2022. Both artworks were commissioned through the GSA Art in Architecture program where GSA reserved 0.5% of the estimated construction cost for permanent art featured at this new courthouse.
The GSA Art in Architecture program oversees commissioning of artworks across federally-owned buildings nationwide. The art installations enhance the civic meaning of federal architecture and showcase the vibrancy of American visual arts.
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