Martinsburg brochure collects design award

Martinsburg brochure collects design award

A brochure depicting the art in the IRS computing center in Martinsburg, W.Va., is among the winners in the 2000 GSA Design Awards.

The brochure details the work of three artists, two of them sculptors whose work reflects the information technology inside the center.

'Binary Systems,' an outdoor sculpture in three pieces by Jim Sanborn, was inspired by the center's computer systems, the brochure says. Two pieces'a copper wall and 16-foot granite square that includes a large representation of a computer chip'are engraved with binary code. The third piece is a 10-foot diameter polished granite disk that represents a magnetic storage disk and is inscribed with Social Security numbers.

Clyde Lynds' three sculptures inside the center, 'Martinsburg Red, White, Blue,' mix colored fiber-optic cable and concrete. Each work is named for the predominant color of its fiber-optic light program, the brochure says.

Creative Intelligence Agency, a graphic design company, created the brochure.
The General Services Administration has been honoring outstanding architecture and artwork in federal facilities since 1994. This year's GSA Design Award winners will be on display at Washington's National Building Museum from March 29 to July 8; see www.nbm.org.

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