Mickett/Stackhouse – Riversong Mural at Gateway Plaza
Clayco teamed up with Mickett/Stackhouse Studios to design a massive mural of the James River rapids for the lobby of Gateway Plaza in Richmond, Virginia. Produced in the Munich, Germany studios of Franz Mayer, “Riversong” is an original painting renowned artists Robert Stackhouse and Carol Mickett were commissioned to do for the project. The mosaic was created in Munich, Germany, and shipped to Richmond in sections. The original artwork for the mosaic hangs in the McGuireWoods boardroom.
“Robert and Carol were involved in the design from the very beginning,” said Robert Clark, CEO of Clayco Inc. “We didn’t build the building and then add the art.”
The river was an important design element from the beginning, Clark said. It is reflected not only in the artwork in the lobby but also in the skin for the garage — aluminum panels reminiscent of flowing water, he said.
“This is a unique building … museum quality with features you won’t see in a typical office building,” said Clark, noting a clear formed concrete ceiling on the first floor — “symbolic of McGuireWoods’ strength in the market.”
Robert Stackhouse and Carol Mickett talk about the inspiration behind the artwork in the below video, GATEWAY PLAZA | ART IN PLACE