Local Art by BIPOC Creatives Leads the Way in This Tech Office
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A whole-cloth quilt by Shannon Schlosser with leaf-patterned stitching marks level two; a forest-esque macramé by Amy Zwikel graces level four (where more knot-work, by Nossè, distinguishes the kitchenette); and, on five, a cluster of 30-plus embroidery hoops depicts a lakeside scene, designed by NBBJ and executed by Cloth Tattoo. In collaboration areas on all floors, pen-and-ink illustrations by James Taylor Gray depict Pacific Northwest scenes, integrated with subtle references to the client’s brand. “The heart and soul of the project,” Stokke concludes, “is about showcasing the diverse works of these artists to tell the building’s unified story.”
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