Building 180 was selected to curate and produce an original artwork that reflects the essence of Benchling, a cloud-based platform for biotechnology research and development. Building 180 commissioned Claudia Bueno to create “Agua Viva,” a marine-life-inspired chandelier that fluctuates overhead for the company’s San Francisco office. Her sculptures interact with a light installation by Keegan Arthur Olton, giving us the sensation of a constant and gentle water flow. This mesmerizing multi-dimensional displays of captivating light and intricate composition transmit a quality of timeless spaciousness that viewers simultaneously lose and find themselves in.
Building 180 is a full-service art production and consulting agency. We produce, curate, and manage unique and complex art installations from conception to completion. We collaborate with inspirational and innovative artists, working across industries with architects, marketing companies, city planners, designers, developers, event producers, museum curators, and more to make stories come to life.
Paint the Void was created at the onset of the 2020 pandemic to help keep artists engaged and paid as guardians of hope and beauty in a time of fear and uncertainty. The project is fiscally sponsored by the 501(c)(3) organization Intersection for the Arts and made possible through private donations and city grants. Paint The Void commissions local Bay Area artists to create uplifting murals on boarded storefronts of local businesses, turning bleak plywood into public art. The process keeps artists at work, beautifies neighborhoods across the San Francisco Bay Area, and gives small-business owners a new lease of hope. The local community is pivotal to its success and is encouraged to participate.
To preserve the project’s history Paint the Void is releasing an Art Book, Painting the Void: The Impact of Art in the San Francisco Bay Area Amidst a Global Pandemic. This photo book is made to commemorate and archive the story of our ongoing project, other adjacent local initiatives, and the San Francisco Bay Area during the global pandemic. Pre-order your copy and help preserve the Bay Area’s history as a place that even amidst deeply challenging times continues to value the importance of artists.