works of art at work 09/2012

254 Second Ave - Lobby

Artist: J.B. Jones, Matchbox; Grip II; 12d, oil on canvas


While many of us spend the majority of our waking hours in office interiors, it’s surprising how little thought goes into making those spaces beautiful. DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum and several other galleries in the Boston area are hoping to change that by offering corporate art loan programs. As a benefit of corporate support, museums loan art work from their collections for display in the company’s facilities. The art work is shown in a variety of locations, from the entry lobby of a multi-tenant building to the work place of an individual company. The artists also vary, from recognized and widely exhibited to emerging and not yet publically shown. This is a great win-win. The client gets works of art on a rotating bases that are curated by the museum staff. The gifting museum is able to reach a broader audience and place on display art work, which due to the display limitations of museums are largely kept in storage.


Often, the corporate loan program takes an existing building interior and selects art for the walls as they exist. A more powerful approach is to design the space to be ideal for the display of art. Mark Rubin, the president of Maric Inc. had this idea in mind. Maric is an innovative company that invests in corporate offices in the western suburbs. Working with Maric, Flavin Architects designed a new entry lobby for 254 2nd Ave in Needham. The idea for the lobby was to create a gallery vibe: dark floors, white walls and minimalist detailing. A six foot by twenty foot glowing recess was designed to display rotating artworks from the deCordova Museum in Lincoln MA. The layout of the display and the lighting are designed to accommodate a range of art formats, allowing flexibility for the museum curators. The deCordova is an excellent partner, with their focus on innovative regional artists.


deCordova Museum:


J.B. Jones:

Lynette Shaw:


197 First Ave - Lobby

Lynette Shaw, Wall, mixed media and sand on canvas