Keys to Cures

Submitted by Kelly Milukas

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Client: Intarcia Therapuetics, Inc.

Location: Boston, MA, United States

Completion date: 2017

Artwork budget: $450,000

Project Team

Architect

Vincenzo Giambertone

ACTWO Architects

Other

Paul Decina

Structure Tone

Client

Diana Cooper

Intarcia

Artist

Kelly Milukas

Imagination Collaboration

Client

Kurt Graves

Intarcia Therapeautics

Artist

Anastasia Azure

Anastasia Azure

Artist

Stacey Frates

Stacey Frates

Artist

Sarah Ricci

SFG

Artist

William Gunn

Bill Gunn

Other

Kevin Koch

Colliers International

Art Consultant

Suzi Hlavacek

Boston Art

Interior Designer

Nicole Kearns

Total Office Interiors

Client

Ed Daly

Intarcia Therapeautics

Interior Designer

Anne Furey

PlaceLift

Overview

Intarcia engaged Kelly to acknowledge the talent, tenacity and patient stories within the pursuit of life changing medicines. Intarcia’s novel platform, the Medici Drug Delivery System™ features a matchstick-size mini-pump placed just beneath the patient’s skin. One implant is capable of delivering a continuous dose of drug therapy for 6 months up to a year. Intarcia’s first investigational therapy for type 2 diabetes, is currently under review. Once approved, this will represent a transformational leap forward for patients with diabetes. Intarcia aims to unleash disruptively innovative medicines for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases, unlocking life’s possibilities for patients.

Goals

Kelly’s luminous “Keys to Cures” sculptures have been adopted as a powerful symbol for how the work of Intarcia teams is unlocking cures through innovation. Kelly’s art is a permanent installation at Intarcia’s new Seaport District, Boston headquarters. Intarcia also commissions Kelly to create “Key Awards” that honor outstanding staff efforts. The artwork and Kelly’s contributions on-site have led to many visible expressions of company culture and values. Kelly works in a flexible capacity as the resident artist and design consultant.

Process

A Boston-based biotech incorporates tangible art metaphors while ‘unlocking’ drug therapy advancements. “When first informed by Intarcia about collaborating with their in-house artist, I was grateful to be able to design in the pieces vs having them occur incidentally about the space irrespective of the architecture. Typically, clients will add artwork after we leave and the pieces are divorced from the appropriate lighting, curatorial placement and irreverent to the architecture. Once I met the artist and became familiar with her work and her dedication to have the architecture and artwork become one, this led to one of the most joyous professional experiences of my career. The ability to specify the lighting, provide architectural moments where artwork could live an ultimately have the artwork perform in the space to the same degree as the architecture, has led to an unexpected experience both for me as a design professional but more importantly for the end user that is enveloped in the environment. The space feels like an art gallery where people work and provides an emotional value atypically found in such workplaces.” -Vincenzo Giambertone, Architect

Additional Information

An exceptional experience, a full immersion collaboration: Intarcia's full team, the architect, the artist, and the partners. During the collaborative 3 week installation to suspend the keys, staff members were invited to pick "their" key, it's location, and help suspend it in the air. Now, each day the staff members arrive, they see their key, and even untangle it if needed. New employees have heard the installation story and they ask to be included. - More keys go up! The symbolism of the Keys serves as a constant reminder of the importance each employee holds in service to patients.