Art in Transit: Grosvenor-Strathmore
West side of parking garage.
Arts Walk Totems, 2016
Montgomery County Public School Students
Terra Cotta, iron pipe, concrete
12" l x 6'6" h x 12" w (x 39)
"Over 240 ceramic art students and their teachers at 14 high schools across Montgomery County, Maryland, have worked since October 2015 on creating large clay totem poles. The project was a real world, hands-on learning experience for the students who were given the opportunity to create these art pieces for public display. In June 2016, 39 of the 5 to 6-foot-tall totem poles were installed along a well-traveled public walkway at the Grosvenor–Strathmore Metro station and at an entrance walkway at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Maryland. The project is a great showcase for MCPS student achievement."
Bus loop grassy knoll between station entrance and parking lot.
156" l x 120" h x 24" w
"Strathmore Square features Sonata, a brushed aluminum sculpture created by Public Art Sculptor Jeff Chyatte. Sonata's elements are arranged to align with Mozart's iconic Eine Kleine Nachtmusik "A Little Night Music" both from a front view and superior view looking down. Quarter and half notes are represented with proportional sized tubes. Sonata was loaned to WMATA by Strathmore and sponsored by Fivesquares Development." – via https://www.strathmoresquare.com/the-arts
Jeff Chyatte's sculpture is about balance, imbalance, and exploration. His work attempts to understand the human condition through discovery of the relationships between its basic components. Mr. Chyatte gains inspiration from Da Vinci, Euclid and the great scientists who blurred the distinction between art, math and science. Incorporating mathematically significant dimensions, such as the Fibonacci sequence and the Golden Ratio, ensures a subtle equilibrium found in nature. Metallurgy and physics guide the material and design choices as he seeks to communicate messages about strength, sustainability, and risk.