CITY HALL ANNEX
As part of complete renovations of City Hall Annex, painter Michael Glier painted three large walls in the building's two-story atrium to transform the space into an indoor "garden." The art is organized around four themes representing ideal missions of the municipal departments that occupy the building: Transparency, Flow, Growth, and Pleasure. The images relate to these concepts as they also give snapshots of the cityscape: birds and roses; ivy climbing the walls; bicyclists; rowers; a girl lying in the grass, reading; a view through the wall into an employee lunchroom, revealing office workers on a coffee break. Besides painting three large walls in the atrium, Glier painted panels for public spaces on the upper floors, repeating some of the motifs developed in the atrium. In addition, Glier has worked with the building architects to make changes to the design of a central staircase, the floor pattern, and lighting. Photos can be found at:
Glier has had several one-person exhibitions at major museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams; and Williams College Museum of Art, Williams Town. He has created a permanent public art memorial in collaboration with artist Jenny Holzer for the New Rathaus in Leipzig, Germany.
Details of Murals:
Additonal information, published 2004: http://www.cambridgema.gov/deptann.cfm?story_id=290