Chicago Architecture: bKL Looks Back at GEMS World Academy Building One

bKL Architecture has posted a new video on its YouTube channel, highlighting the GEMS World Academy school building.  It’s the first of two GEMS buildings that will eventually be located in the New East Side.  The second will be adjacent to the first building, but face Wacker Drive and the Chicago River instead of Lakeshore East Park.

Scholastic Art Magazine: Grand Gestures of Hope

Donald Martiny creates monumental gesture paintings that break the traditional rectangle frame. His majestic brushstrokes exist in the same space as the viewer, inviting the viewer into the painting. Martiny created two site-specific gesture paintings for One World Trade Center, a famous building in lower Manhattan. They energize the lobby, contributing to the iconic building’s hopeful legacy.

Fort Wayne Magazine: Artist storyteller

The installation of a stunning pair of paintings in the lobby of One World Trade Center in New York City was documented by local videographer Max Meyer, who said he wanted to capture the story of the man whose giant brushstrokes imbue that special space with color. In doing so, he created a new business that now offers video storytelling to artists nationwide.

Meyer spent four weeks this past fall filming artist Donald Martiny as he crafted a pair of giant brushstrokes, in hues of blues and greens and peaches and whites, that were installed on the ground floor of the newly opened One World Trade Center.

WBOI Interview: The Art Of Storytelling: An Interview With Fort Wayne Filmmaker Max Meyer

Max Meyer is Director of Children's Education at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, and Regional Director of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

He's driven by a dual passion for people and storytelling, and recently added another dimension to his creativity, with a film company he calls Maxamillian Studio.

Donald Martiny Film included in Artsy

For the past two months, the lobby of the south entrance to One World Trade Center has served as the studio of artist Donald Martiny. The North Carolina-based artist was commissioned to create two giant sculptural brushstroke paintings for permanent installation there, and so he went to work right in front of the people that traverse the building daily.