The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation Lobby


Client: The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

Location: Austin, TX, United States

Completion date: 2011

Artwork budget: $400,000

Project Team

Interior Designer

Jeff Werner

Werner Design Associates


Archie Held

Archie Held Studio


To design and fabricate two monumental bronze sculptures for the interior lobby of The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, who's mission is to give money to support education causes for children & young adults.


To make a strong entry statement for this towering lobby that spoke to the mission of The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation with the limitation of creating an artwork that would fit through the lobby doors.


We were asked by the designer and owner to develop concept sketches. We went through several design variations and refinement to satisfy all parties involved. Once the design direction was approved, we created 3D renderings that were digitally inserted into photographs of the lobby space. The final combined images and renderings were presented to the owner for final approval.