Swiss biotech firm, Lonza Viral Therapeutics, located in Pearland’s rapidly developing Lower Kirby District, unveiled two commissioned art pieces at their April 10 ribbon-cutting ceremony, heralding the opening of their new manufacturing facility.
The works of art, titled, “Virus” and “DNA,” designed by sculptor Jim Adams, can be found immediately outside of Lonza’s 300,000 square foot facility on Kirby Drive. The Pearland Arts League assisted Lonza Site Director and Pearland resident Ricardo Jimenez with the sourcing and selection of the sculptor, as well as creative collaboration for the pieces’ design.
According to Pearland Arts League Exhibit Chair, artist Margo I. Green, the project has been in the works for nearly two years. “In 2016, the Lonza Corporation contacted the Pearland Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director, Kim Sinistore, concerning the Pearland “PearScape” project. Mr. Ricardo Jimenez, Site Director for Lonza, had seen the pear sculptures and described his interest in finding sculptures for the Lonza facility, projected to open in April, 2018, in Pearland’s Lower Kirby District. Ms. Sinistore referred Mr. Jimenez to me, as an Artist Representative who was also Exhibit Chair for Pearland Arts League.”
Ms. Green continued, “Mr. Jimenez and I met and he discussed the type of art his company might be interested in and asked me to locate an artist that might be able to create one or more pieces for Lonza. I researched the Lonza Corporation with offices worldwide and viewed some of the sculptures they displayed at some of their locations. Immediately, I contacted Jim Adams and was pleased to hear that he was still creating pieces. Mr. Jimenez met with Jim Adams and choose Jim for the artist for Lonza. And now, the public can now view two sculptures, “DNA” and “Virus,” by Jim Adams on either side of the entrance to the Lonza building.”