Morrison & Foerster, a top New York law firm, called upon Gensler’s design team to not only create a beautiful workplace but balance an environment with an art collection that would inspire employees, clients, and visitors alike. Upon entering Morrison & Foerster‘s 250,000 square-foot new space, you are greeted by a dramatic, colorful, and graphically bold eight-piece series of 9’ x 42’ paintings that fill each of the firms eight elevator banks. Designed as a single mural by renowned German artist, Markus Linnenbrink, the murals create a high contrast, which embraces the verticality, linearity, and rigor of the building’s architecture.
The goals of the artwork within Morrison & Foerster’s space was to make an impression on visitors and create an environment that inspires employees and embraces thought.
While Gensler worked with Morrison & Foerster on the design of their new space, the design team was faced with a challenge. A huge blank wall on the opposite side of the elevators was blaringly white and seemed like a great design opportunity to implement an impactful statement with art.
Ed Wood, Design Director at Gensler, met Markus Linnenbrink while he did a temporary art installation in Gensler’s New York office many years ago. Impressed with his approach, the design team believed that Linnenbrink would be a great fit. After introducing the client committee to the artist, and visiting his representative gallery in Chelsea, Linnenbrink was hired to propose a design concept.
Once approved, the installation was created on a series of panels, which stretched 72’ from end-to-end in the artist’s studio. Working with his art handlers, the artist transported each piece and cleated them to the wall at Morrison & Foerster’s offices. The dynamic paintings run continuously throughout the elevator lobbies of all eight floors, creating a stunning and lasting impression upon entering the space.
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Art matters. Attention to the details of our environment leads to love of place, which brings us to take responsibility for the spaces where we live and work. And by extension, the people with whom we live and work. And by extension, to our local communities, our cities, our nations, and our world.
We champion the role of artists in our society. We need artists to provide us with inspiration, creativity, and imagination, and to help us envision a better world.
Architects and designers know that remarkable design can change everything. They connect the dots across disciplines, collaborating with artists to make the world a more beautiful place. They are the ultimate patrons of the arts.
In the process, design professionals promote imagination and creativity, and through their commissions, make original art integral to and accessible in people's lives.
Art in our public and private spaces helps us fight ordinary buildings, ordinary streets, ordinary cities. We celebrate the extraordinary.
The architecture of our buildings and the design of our interiors affect our happiness and well-being. Each of us deserves a daily dose of inspiration.