The sculpture is part of the Biz-Art Match-Up program, a Hyattsville Development Corp. initiative to highlight businesses in the Gateway Arts District while engaging the community through public art, said Justin Fair, the organization’s economic development coordinator. The initiative, which pairs 10 artists with 10 businesses in North Brentwood, Hyattsville and Riverdale Park to work on projects ranging from sculpture to interior design to photography, is funded by local and nationwide art grants and matching funds from the businesses.
“It’s really allowed the business owner to think outside the box,” Fair said. “Here’s some money, here’s an artist; what can you guys do together?”
All of the projects are expected to be complete by Aug. 15.
Other partnerships include interior designers working on a project at Authentic Bartending School of Maryland in Hyattsville; a collage artist working on an installation at Spice 6, a restaurant in Hyattsville; and a photographer working on a photo shoot at The Ivy Lounge Salon in Riverdale Park. Fair said total funding for the project was $11,000.
After the businesses and the artists were selected separately, Fair said the businesses were allowed to select the artists with whom they were interested in working.
“This project is our first small step in what we hope will become an example of how the arts can become a better economic tool,” Fair said.