Clayco teamed up with Mickett/Stackhouse Studios to create a sculpture for the lobby of the Gateway Plaza office building in Richmond, Virginia. The sculpture is a massive and functional glass-and-stainless steel sculpture titled “Clear Passage” that dominates a corner of the lobby and resembles sunlight shining into the lobby. As an extension of the sculpture, there is another design element titled “Capitol Flow,” which consists of flowlines that run through the lobby, figuratively connecting the river to the Capitol.
“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