New Peace Arch Art Wins Award
The “Non-Sign II” art installation at the new Peace Arch Land Port of Entry in Blaine, Washington was recently recognized in the Americans for the Arts 2011 Public Art Network Year in Review. It was one of 47 projects out of 430 entries and the single awardee of four GSA entries this year.
The artwork, produced by artists Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo of Seattle-based Lead Pencil Studio, greets travelers as they are crossing from Canada into the United States. Ms. Han and Mr. Mihalyo received the commission to produce this artwork through the federal government’s Art-In-Architecture program.
The artwork is part of a three-year modernization of the Peace Arch Land Port of Entry completed in 2011. The "Non-Sign II" is made from small stainless steel rods that are assembled together to create the negative space of a billboard. While most billboards draw attention away from the landscape “Non-Sign II’ frames the landscape, focusing attention back on it. Americans for the Arts' Public Art Network (PAN) is the only professional network in the United States dedicated to the field of public art.
Peace Arch Border Crossing Earns 2012 Design Award