Pickwick Plaza Lobby Sconce Design
DESIGNER: Joe Munson
PROJECT TYPE: Lighting, Sculpture
DIMENSIONS: 8″ Width x 3′ 6″ Height x 2.5″ Depth
MATERIALS: Brass Anodized Aluminum, Clear Acrylic (plexiglass, Lucite), Pigmented Lacquered CNC (computer numerical control) Wood, LED Lighting Strips, Polished Stainless Steel, Printed Acetate
YEAR PRODUCED: 2017
UNIQUE FEATURES: Project draws from art deco and streamlining cues, the project inspires “wow” comments from the public, powerful and memorable presence. 1920 era inspiration. Sconces mounted to vertical wall surfaces cast beautiful saber shaped blades of light. The CNC wood geometric shapes that make up the custom designed scones glow artfully.
INSTALLATION LOCATION: 933 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64105
Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/Xnkbw88ZpY72
CLIENT: Gold Crown Properties
ARCHITECT: Helix, Crossroads Arts District Kansas City, MO
PROJECT MANAGER: Tom Smith
“We wanted to make Pickwick spectacular, and Joe Munson’s designs made that possible. Joe Munson was referred to me by a friend, and this was a huge blessing!
Joe and I collaborated about the designs for Pickwick, and the end design was amazing. It is one thing to design something, but it is a true craft to create it and bring the design to life.
Joe’s pieces are a significant part of the Pickwick lobby as well as the exterior. His artwork keeps up with the theme and I love the fact that we have original creations with a modern twist.
We wanted to make Pickwick spectacular, and Joe Munson’s designs made that possible.“
– Tom Smith, Project Manager
INSPIRATION: The Pickwick project began with the design of the Blade Sign. With much of the original Pickwick building’s subtle gothic design aesthetic used as additional initial inspiration. Originally designed in 1929 by Wight & Wight, the Pickwick Plaza is one of many prominent civic buildings designed by the Kansas City firm – including City Hall, the Jackson County Courthouse and the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art.
Drawing inspiration from art deco shapes, inner and outer radiuses, subtle and gothic style details – Joe was able to modernize classic ideas in the larger than life design of the Blade Sign, which occupies the same original installation spot on the building. The design evokes machine age. Inspiration for the base of the Blade Sign was derived from the shape and form of an old microphone. The retail sign design quickly followed suit after the Blade Sign.
Designing the Chandelier and Sconces was a labor of love. The process was met with several challenges
The challenge, to fit within the machine age, art deco. several sketches and design versions for the Chandelier and Scone before settling on his final designs. If you look at the Pickwick building itself, made up to two strong towers and vertical elements. The Chandeliers echo and abstractly represent the vertical lines/towers of the actual Pickwick building.
The use of the crystal clear acrylic and brass anodized aluminum make are a perfect marriage of materials. Acrylic is one of Joe’s favorite materials to work with.