Art in Architecture – FDA Central Commons

White Oak Federal Center, Maryland

The Art in Architecture sculpture is a public artwork developed by the artist Matthew Ritchie that is the focal point of the renovated FDA Central Commons in Maryland.  The sculpture is an assembly of cellular like modules in aluminum that represent the growth of organisms and rise into a series of cantilevered elements and arches that invite interaction with the public.  The aluminum structures are intertwined into a planted landscape to suggest the idea of biological growth at different levels and scales.  Craft worked closely with the team at Matthew Ritchie Studio to understand the complex nature of the sculpture as a structure and iteratively modify the sculpture to meet structural and performative requirements.

(Image Credit: Matthew Ritchie Studio)