Takoma Central Installation

Project Description

We met with Takoma Central Apartments in the fall of 2014 and began discussing ideas for large installation pieces to display in the lobby way of the brightly-designed apartment building.  The one thing we all knew for sure: it had to represent the community of Takoma Park.  For the first piece we decided to represent the town by including it; traveling around to all the local businesses, collecting and purchasing materials from each storefront.  We had our 5’x7′ material CNC routed to become a giant triptych map of Takoma Park itself.  Next, we carefully cut up all of the donated and purchased materials, combining, layering and transforming them to bring colored definition to each unique block on the map.  Each business and the material donated or purchased is listed on a plaque that hangs next to this striking piece.



Project Details

Client Takoma Central Date December 2014 Skills Installation Lead Designer Torie Partridge

The Materials

Our goal was to represent three important pieces of Takoma Park:

1) The vibrant small business community

2) The local pride in the neighborhood

3) The commitment to environmental sustainability and creative reuse

We visited many small businesses throughout the area – see if you can spot chopstick wrappers from Mark’s Kitchen, coffee bags from La Mano, grocery bags from the Coop, yoga mats from Willow Street Yoga, and paint swatches from Takoma ACE Hardware!

The Leaves of Takoma Park

For the Second piece we decided to keep within the theme of nature that is so central to the Takoma Park identity.  We had over 250 leaves representing the Takoma Park Street names (Maple, Spruce, Beach etc.) cut out of clear plexiglass. We spent hours stringing these leaves intermittently with beautiful blue-glass beads and used a swaging tool to place stops to create a suspended waterfall feel.  on opposing sides of the lobby, our two installations frame the chic entry way with just the pop of art and nature needed to top it all off.