As more employers are embracing open-concept floor plans, coworking spaces and work-from-home flexibility, the image of a standard office has changed considerably.
At many Philly-area spaces, art and creativity has become a large part of those changes.
Around Technical.ly HQ, we’ve spotted how art fits in at 1776 Washington Square:
Hey Philly! Looking to do a story for @TechnicallyPHL on area offices or workspaces that have interesting art. Think: Murals, sculptures, etc. Does your space have this? Was there a local artist involved? Send me pics!
Here's a flag made of keyboards here at @1776 pic.twitter.com/Rvj23nzDE9
— Paige Gross ✨ (@By_paigegross) June 11, 2019
Rachel Zimmerman, the executive director of InLiquid, a nonprofit that works to bring exposure to local visual artists, says that people often underestimate the importance of art in the workplace.
“You spend a lot of time in the spaces that you work in,” she said. “It should resonate. It should be something people want to interact with and see.”
Zimmerman said that often businesses don’t think about what art they can incorporate into a space until it’s already been completed.
“But it’s got to be an environment that you’re comfortable working in,” she said. “Thinking about how art exists in that space is a really important part of it.”
And with a huge community of creatives in Philadelphia, it’s the perfect place to work with a local artist, she said.
“We’ve got such good work, such a range of artists, there’s no reason you have to buy work from Ikea or big box stores,” Zimmerman said.
Take a look at how some Philly companies have incorporated murals, prints, painting and 3D pieces into their workspaces:
Artist Jen Renshaw from Bristol created work in the lobby at Think Company at 15th and Sansom streets.
Drexel University College of Computing & Informatics
The College of Computing & Informatics at Drexel University hired Philly-based illustrator/graphic designer Melissa McFeeters to install two murals on the 10th and 11th floors of its building at 3675 Market St.
“Both murals visualize the way data and tech are woven throughout our lives,” the college tweeted.
At Campus Philly, a piece by 2010 Moore College of Art and Design graduate Kelly Kozma hangs in the office.
Temple University School of Medicine
When you walk into the lobby of Temple’s school of medicine, you’re greeted by these floating cell sculptures.
Cambridge Innovation Center
Local artist Martha Rich created this text bubbles mural at coworking space Cambridge Innovation Center. Rich’s work is often inspired by conversations or words she overhears while working on her pieces, the coworking space said.
Health Union, headquartered on Chestnut between 12th and 13th, added Jason Kelce to this mural in their event space not long after the Eagles won the Super Bowl, per the company’s president’s request.
City of Philadelphia Innovation Lab
This mural, at the City’s Innovation Lab on the top floor of the Municipal Services Building, was commissioned to commemorate Philly’s “firsts” — things that were invented, founded or happened in the city.
Hero Digital, a Manayunk-based costumer experience company, commissioned work that depicts its name in Morse Code, Braille and ASL.
Local artist David Guinn completed a mural for AWeber, an email marketing company based in Chalfont.
To see more office spaces, check out Technical.ly’s Philly’s 2019 coworking guide.
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