The Gateway At University Town Center Announces Sculptor Alan Binstock For Commission At Safeway Retail Plaza

Artwork Installation Planned For October 2015


June 1, 2015


HYATTSVILLE, MD –ECHO Realty and the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation are pleased to announce the commission of sculptor Alan Binstock to create “Ribbon of Life,” a new work of public art for the entrance to the East-West Highway-oriented commercial development – the Gateway at University Town Center (UTC) – in Prince George’s County.

Following a competitive jurying process, Binstock’s artwork was selected for placement in the outdoor pedestrian plaza / seating area outside Safeway, in clear view of the entrance ‘gateway.’ The 3’x15’ sculpture will greet visitors entering the complex and act as a beacon for pedestrians at the plaza. Designed as a three-stranded helix, “Ribbon of Life” is comprised of stainless steel with a matrix of resin and re-purposed tempered glass. Thematically, “Ribbon of Life” addresses the Gateway project’s theme of healthy living by visually inspiring ‘the essence of [the building blocks of life].’


"Ribbon of Life” by Alan Binstock, Proposed Concept“Ribbon of Life” will join the new “lifestyle” Safeway alongside retail additions including Phenix Salon Suites, Unleashed by Petco, Town Center Wine & Spirits, Le’s Nails and Spa, together with a to-be-announced prominent corner restaurant. Additionally, MedStar Health will be locating its primary care office with a MedStar Prompt Care urgent care facility at the Gateway development.  Existing UTC attractions and assets include current anchor Regal Royale 14 Cinemas, attractive condominiums, office buildings, student housing, and an outdoor plaza with fountain.  The creation of Safeway as the newest major anchor at UTC, and the development of the adjoining shops and parking structure fronting East West Highway form a conspicuous part of a multi-phase transformation of Hyattsville’s Prince George’s Plaza Transit District.

To learn more about public art in Hyattsville, visit To learn more about Alan Binstock’s work, visit For the latest news on the University Town Center, visit For information regarding ECHO Realty, visit


Contact:  Justin Fair, Hyattsville CDC

(301) 683-8267

Howard Biel, ECHO-UTC, LLC

(240) 497-  

Justin Fair

Live Soulstrong discusses and shares posts on art, design, technology, pop culture, movement, health and good living. With Travels from Baltimore to DC. In addition to Soulstrong Design, Justin has an online visual traditional/plastic arts portfolio at

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