Art Unveiled at Lonza Site in Pearland’s Lower Kirby District, Assisted by Pearland Arts League

 

 

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.”

Future Leaders from Sam Jamison MS President’s Club Meet Elected Officials

Jamison Class VisitOur thanks to State Representative Ed Thompson, State Senator Larry Taylor and the Honorable Mayor Tom Reid for visiting the offices of the Pearland Alliance for Arts & Culture, along with future leaders from Sam Jamison Middle School’s President’s Club. According to a social media post by Rep Thompson, “This group of students are presidents of various clubs and serve as the body of the Student Advisory Council for their Principal.” Rep. Thompson continued, “I’m glad to serve these future leaders of House District 29 and look forward to hearing about all of their accomplishments.”  The PAAC was proud to host these present and future leaders!

For information on class tours, including our current “Visions of India” exhibit, please email info@pearlandalliance.org. (Photos courtesy of Representative Ed Thompson Facebook)