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Broadway Chapter Mural Commission

Our current exhibition on floor 13 includes the art of the four finalists from our most recent artist endeavor in Fort Worth, Texas on. The near Southside of the city includes a multitude of hospitals and medical centers which will bring a large number of visitors and employees to the area, creating a strong demand for “essential” rental housing.

The Broadway Chapter is a 5-story wood-framed multifamily housing complex located on two acres at Hemphill Street and West Broadway Avenue. This project offers a mix of studio bedroom apartments, an indoor amenity space to include a library, a state-of-the-art fitness center with Peloton bicycles, and a yoga area, along with a resident lounge with a coffee bar. Outdoor recreational amenities include a landscaped courtyard and sun deck with an infinity-edged swimming pool, in-pool loungers, grilling stations, dining areas, fire pit, and terrace seating. Additional resident amenities include secure bike storage and a five-story parking garage, accessible from Grainger Street and connected to the west side of the building. The site offers wireless connectivity at speeds of up to 1GB with coverage to include all common areas, including the lobby, lounge, and outdoor recreation areas. Located at 401 Hemphill Street, Broadway Chapter is ideally positioned in Fort Worth’s Near Southside district, a mixed-use, a walkable urban neighborhood located less than one mile from the city’s downtown. The Near Southside serves as Fort Worth’s design district. In addition, the district boasts more than 70 creative firms and the city’s medical district. Near Southside residents also enjoy some of the city’s most celebrated restaurants, along with a vibrant art and cultural scene as recently acknowledged by the Texas Commission on the Arts when the area was awarded the prestigious cultural district status in 2020.

This project continues our commitment to creating exquisite buildings and destinations.

In under five months, a community jury assembled representing a diverse group of artists, cultural ambassadors, business owners, and others from throughout the Hemphill community where our new building is near completed.

An open call to Mural artists from throughout Texas was made, and 84 applied (many from their cars, as the snowstorm happened concurrently and had little to no power).

Sixteen artists were chosen from that group and interviewed by the jury. That group was narrowed down to 8 competitors, and then a final group of 4 submitted visual proposals and met all judges for a 90-minute interview. Drigo was the winner.

He began to complete his visual idea with ideas and thoughts from community members and CRG staff in March. In April, he began to paint. His work will be complete in mid-June.

This cultural work is essential for CRG and Clayco as it sets us even further apart from our competition, generates true allies in the locations we create homes, warehouses, jobs, and community, and permits us to offer even greater surprise and beauty to our construction projects.

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Creating a Dialogue with the Community: Revisiting Mauricio Ramirez & A.M. 1980

Clayco has always believed that art can enhance the quality of a project and give it a unique character, community and set us apart from other companies. Public art can heighten the image and the value of a project and its income-producing potential. Our clients and their customers enjoy the artwork and the identity it gives a building. Some developers feel strongly that works of art increase the value of the property itself. Others have found that spending money on public art and cultural amenities can generate as much press as a public relations campaign, garnering more goodwill in the process. Supporting the arts through private development is a way to give back to the community in return for building. Clayco’s unique identity and our distinctive tagline, the Art and Science of Building, represent our quality of craftsmanship and partnerships and our celebration of art and commitment to living artists. Clayco commits to this mission in many ways. Continuing to find ways to connect with communities through meaningful art projects differentiates us by using art and creativity in our projects and guarantees that modern and influential art flourishes through our projects. You see this commitment on the walls of our offices, in our construction projects, and throughout our Foundation.

Mauricio Ramirez’s goal with the design was to create a dialogue with the community by connecting them with a local cultural icon of the Logan Square Eagle. Built by Clayco and developed by CRG, A.M. 1980 Residences is strategically located just west of the heart of Bucktown and Wicker Park. Just south of the booming Logan Square neighborhood. A.M. 1980 Residence is a transit-oriented development (TOD). Its location was strategically selected to be less than 500 feet from the Western Station, the main vein for passengers traveling back and forth to O’Hare International Airport. This high level of traffic means that the A.M. 1980 mural is now a widely seen image. This vibrant piece of art reflects the neighborhood’s character and acts as an identifier for the building itself and setting it apart. While building in Bucktown, we were conscious that we were not only delivering a building that satisfied future tenants but that we were creating a new space in an existing and thriving community. The A.M. 1980 mural both heightens the image of our project while signifying that the new community of tenants is proudly tied to the neighborhood. Mauricio Ramirez’s goal with the design was to create a dialogue with the community by connecting them with a local cultural icon of the Logan Square Eagle. He wanted to incorporate the eagle into the mural and create it new to reflect the energy of the A.M. 1980 project.

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Finalist: Josef Kristofoletti

Clayco has always believed that art can enhance the quality of a project and give it a unique character, community and set us apart from other companies. Public art can heighten the image and the value of a project and its income-producing potential. Our clients and their customers enjoy the artwork and the identity it gives a building. Some developers feel strongly that works of art increase the value of the property itself. Others have found that spending money on public art and cultural amenities can generate as much press as a public relations campaign, garnering more goodwill in the process. Supporting the arts through private development is a way to give back to the community in return for building. Clayco’s unique identity and our distinctive tagline, the Art and Science of Building, represent our quality of craftsmanship and partnerships and our celebration of art and commitment to living artists. Clayco commits to this mission in many ways. Continuing to find ways to connect with communities through meaningful art projects differentiates us by using art and creativity in our projects and guarantees that modern and influential art flourishes through our projects. You see this commitment on the walls of our offices, in our construction projects, and throughout our Foundation.

Josef Kristofoletti is an internationally working mural artist. At the intersection of painting, architecture, and public space, his large-scale site-specific work creates a human-related background worthy of daily life. His work has appeared in several publications, including Wired, PBS News Hour, New York Times, The Guardian, Boston Globe, Fast Company, and Symmetry Magazine.

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Finalist: DAAS

Clayco has always believed that art can enhance the quality of a project and give it a unique character, community and set us apart from other companies. Public art can heighten the image and the value of a project and its income-producing potential. Our clients and their customers enjoy the artwork and the identity it gives a building. Some developers feel strongly that works of art increase the value of the property itself. Others have found that spending money on public art and cultural amenities can generate as much press as a public relations campaign, garnering more goodwill in the process. Supporting the arts through private development is a way to give back to the community in return for building. Clayco’s unique identity and our distinctive tagline, the Art and Science of Building, represent our quality of craftsmanship and partnerships and our celebration of art and commitment to living artists. Clayco commits to this mission in many ways. Continuing to find ways to connect with communities through meaningful art projects differentiates us by using art and creativity in our projects and guarantees that modern and influential art flourishes through our projects. You see this commitment on the walls of our offices, in our construction projects, and throughout our Foundation.

DAAS is an American contemporary artist internationally recognized for his vibrant, engaging paintings and murals. Based in Austin, Texas,  his first memorable introduction to art came at the young age of 7, while on a road trip with his family, where his mother would pass the time by sketching figurative line drawings on a pad of paper in the front seat of the car. This is a moment in time that DAAS remembers in vivid detail and associates it with an early desire to be creative and manifest ideas into reality through art. In 1998, while assisting in the creation of several large-scale murals along the east coast of the United States, his understanding of public art as a method by which to transform spaces and environments in a positive, thought-provoking manner became the foundation for his approach to creating art in the public realm. After relocating to Osaka, Japan in 2006, while working as an artist for Universal Studios (USJ), DAAS immersed himself in the culture and found a new respect for the high levels of craftsmanship and dedication to detail that is found in Japanese art. This influenced his approach to art making and was pivotal in the development of his unique style. Since returning to the US in 2016, DAAS has focused on creating large-scale mural art installed on substantial structures, with a majority of the projects being public art commissions. DAAS’s mural work utilizes abstract and representational imagery, driven by a distinct color palette and design aesthetic that incorporates bold shapes and organic forms saturated in vivid colors to create larger-than-life artworks focused on bringing a sense of beauty and inspiration into the surrounding space. The opportunity to engage the public in a positive, lasting and meaningful way serves as a continual source of inspiration and motivation for him.

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Finalist: Christin Apodaca

Clayco has always believed that art can enhance the quality of a project and give it a unique character, community and set us apart from other companies. Public art can heighten the image and the value of a project and its income-producing potential. Our clients and their customers enjoy the artwork and the identity it gives a building. Some developers feel strongly that works of art increase the value of the property itself. Others have found that spending money on public art and cultural amenities can generate as much press as a public relations campaign, garnering more goodwill in the process. Supporting the arts through private development is a way to give back to the community in return for building. Clayco’s unique identity and our distinctive tagline, the Art and Science of Building, represent our quality of craftsmanship and partnerships and our celebration of art and commitment to living artists. Clayco commits to this mission in many ways. Continuing to find ways to connect with communities through meaningful art projects differentiates us by using art and creativity in our projects and guarantees that modern and influential art flourishes through our projects. You see this commitment on the walls of our offices, in our construction projects, and throughout our Foundation.

Christin Apodaca is an illustrator and muralist living and working in El Paso, Texas. Inspired by nature and its relationship to our surroundings, Apodaca creates black and white line drawings that weave native plants and human existence into surreal, dream-like compositions. Her works usually include nopales, yucca, and creosote (to name a few) to represent endurance, strength, and life.  Using only black markers as her tool, Apodaca creates values and textures with a simple crosshatch highlighting the negative space around it. The weight of her lines defines shapes. Color is then imagined by the viewer and created by their relationship to the subject matter. Apodaca feels that artwork doesn’t always need color to be powerful. Apodaca attended the University of Texas at El Paso and the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where she studied oil painting and received her bachelor’s degree. Upon moving back to El Paso after graduating, Apodaca has created more than fifteen murals in the community. She has worked with UTEP, NMSU, Tecate, West Elm, The Salvation Army, and many local El Paso businesses. Apodaca hopes to continue to inspire others in her community through her art and passion for painting.

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Winner: Drigo

Clayco has always believed that art can enhance the quality of a project and give it a unique character, community and set us apart from other companies. Public art can heighten the image and the value of a project and its income-producing potential. Our clients and their customers enjoy the artwork and the identity it gives a building. Some developers feel strongly that works of art increase the value of the property itself. Others have found that spending money on public art and cultural amenities can generate as much press as a public relations campaign, garnering more goodwill in the process. Supporting the arts through private development is a way to give back to the community in return for building. Clayco’s unique identity and our distinctive tagline, the Art and Science of Building, represent our quality of craftsmanship and partnerships and our celebration of art and commitment to living artists. Clayco commits to this mission in many ways. Continuing to find ways to connect with communities through meaningful art projects differentiates us by using art and creativity in our projects and guarantees that modern and influential art flourishes through our projects. You see this commitment on the walls of our offices, in our construction projects, and throughout our Foundation.

Drigo’s work can be seen throughout Dallas and beyond in murals, installations, personal collections, and galleries. He is a self-taught contemporary figurative painter and muralist stemming from skateboard culture and graphic design influences. Drigo often uses his background in design when partnering with like-minded brands, executing anything from billboards and skateparks to creating packaging for products. His work focuses on meshing ancient culture with current day iconography alongside his primary goal of putting a smile on people’s faces while hoping to influence them to “do good.”

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