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Adventures of an Art Consultant: Chapter 6

April 8, 2010

Client:Agesong
Property: Bayside Park
Location: Emeryville, California
Public Areas and corridors
EL rep: Kristen Jones

Agesong, a family run group of assisted living senior communities with a holistic approach to care, just opened Bayside Park in January 2010! The 5 story 116,366 square-foot residential complex offers independent and assisted-living apartments for senior adults in a vibrant, extremely urban and healing environment. It marks a first of its kind to design a new building for elders that celebrates urban modern design and avoids the typical suburban design approach to assisted living facilities. The art program was an integral part of the overall design!

Agesong approached us months before we began art selection in a very unusual way. The owner and President didn’t want to see example imagery from our artists; instead he wanted to discuss the meaning and connection between elders, art and healing. He wanted to make sure each piece of art had a purpose beyond the visual aesthetic of color and compositional enjoyment. He insisted each piece had to be part of the design attitude of the architecture and interior design. The goal was to create an environment using natural elements, green design and cutting edge lighting, fabrics and woodwork to create an urban oasis that might transform attitudes toward aging. The artwork became a very important part of this design goal.

The building’s design was inspired and incorporates the philosophy of the 19th century Bavarian priest Sebastian Kneipp who believed in the 5 pillars of wellness: water, plants, nutrition, exercise, and balance. Editions Limited focused much of the imagery on water, flora and fauna from Northern California from local artists in various mediums such as works on paper, canvas and pastels.

We also placed series of abstract rice-paper originals by artist Scott Sandell alongside Peter Kitchell's architectural photo collages to balance the ultra contemporary finishes and lighting.Koi fish images by Aleah Koury and original pastels of fruit on paper by local artist Sylvia Gonzalez compliment the state of the art dining room. A beautiful abstract by Howard Hersh commands attention in the warm toned library filled with caramel fabrics and deep cherry finishes.

Mixed within the artwork placed by Editions Limited are various photographs of elders taken by the owner of Agesong.These photographs show seniors celebrating and enjoying a vibrant life. The mix of Agesong photography and poetry with the nature-inspired originals and abstracts has created an extremely unique art experience.

We have been told since opening a few months ago that the overall effect of the art program has inspired much positive conversation amongst the residences.

Take a look at Agesong online by clicking here.


 
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