The media company Tegna is in the business of broadcasting news and entertainment from its 64 TV and radio stations around the country. But its new 65,000-square-foot headquarters in Tysons, Virginia, by LSM makes an announcement of its own: Large-scale artwork has transformative power.
“I created Dusk and Dawn for an environment of coexistence and communication,” states Brazilian artist Lucia Koch, with whom founding partner Debra Lehman-Smith worked on the project, along with art consultancy Lisa Austin & Associates. Her two-part installation flanks the office’s atrium. On one side is a 30-foot-tall lightbox that’s backlit by gradating LEDs and visible from outside the glassy Gensler-designed building. On the other side of the atrium are similarly colored polyester curtains, which can enclose a pair of stacked conference rooms. Furnishings in the immediate vicinity “took a quieter stance,” Lehman-Smith explains. But “when you’re in those rooms,” she adds, “it’s like a womb of color.”