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Artworks: The Atrium

In the summer of 2016 it was decided that a new piece of art be commissione for the atrium in Federal Hall and in July 2016 a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) was issued. The winners of the commission was a text-based piece by Chicago/Lafayette designers Krivanek+Breaux Art+Design entitled "Formation > Action." The piece was installed in November 2018. Meaningful words within the artwork communicates themes and concepts about the foundation and meaning of Scott College of Business within the university, community and the world beyond.

In the words of their RFQ, "Art Deco architecture is characterized by geometric forms and patterning. It is our intention to integrate this artwork into the architecture of Federal Hall by incorporating geometric forms that are inscribed with words. This pattern language will not be pictorial nor as abstract as traditional Art Deco embellishment. Rather, we will utilize meaningful words within the pattern language of the artwork, elegantly communicating themes and concepts about the foundation and meaning of Scott College of Business within the university, community and the world beyond."

Each of the vanes or vertical armatures represent a specific concept of the Scott College of Business:

Individual Activation: Envision, Innovate, Start-up, Achieve, Contribute...
Societal Benefits: Opportunity, Advancement, Prosperity...
Macro-Forces + Systems: Globalization, Macro-Economics, Mass Media...
Business Models + Systems: Corporations, Stock Markets, Entrepreneurship...
Pedagogy + University: Problem-solving, Research, Engagement...

Atrium installation

Atrium installation

Atrium installation