Dressed Up and Pinned

Photos Courtesy of Vivian Beer


Hyatt Place Courthouse
2401 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201

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Artwork Details

Artist: Vivian Beer
Materials: Formed and fabricated steel, stainless steel, automotive finish
Installed: 2016

Dressed Up and Pinned is based on the forms of fashion and the materials of automotive design. This functional sculpture, designed as a bench, takes the shape of a surreal stiletto high heel which morphs into drapery wrapping around the façade of the building.

Inspired by the history and culture of cars, fashion and the golden age of flight, the sculpture was conceived during the artist’s time as a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow at the National Air and Space Museum where she researched the design history of aeronautics and aerodynamics. She was especially influenced by streamline design of the 1930s, Art Deco and the modern machine age aesthetic in industrial design. 

Learn more about Vivian Beer.

Funded by Schupp Companies.