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Video: Eric Sall's Art Project Installed at Bolling

August 11, 2014

Acclaimed artist Eric Sall, GSA Project Manager Don Distler and GSA Regional Fine Arts Officer Sylvia Augustus were on hand last weekend for the final installation of Sall’s three-part painting project at the Richard Bolling Federal Building in downtown Kansas City. Watch the video.

Sall’s triptych — a painting divided into three sections — is part of GSA’s Art in Architecture Program. The three huge paintings (8 feet wide and 6 and a half feet tall) are on canvases constructed from stretched linen wrapped around durable honeycomb aluminum panels. The paintings are located near the lobby of the E. 13th Street entrance at Bolling.

“Mr. Sall’s painting stands nearly three stories in size. His vivid use of color and appropriate scale energizes the space,” Augustus said.

The work was commissioned as part of an overall American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) renovation project at Bolling, which also includes work by artist Anne Lindberg.

The General Services Administration oversees the commissioning of artwork for federal buildings nationwide. This artwork enhances the civic meaning of federal architecture and showcases the vibrancy of American visual arts. Together, the art and architecture of federal buildings aim to create a lasting cultural legacy for the people of the United States. Art in Architecture is funded by 0.5 percent of total construction costs.

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