Hotel Inspires New Art Collection

Hotel-Inspired Art is the new black

By KIM PEIFFER
|  Thursday, Dec 16, 2010  |  Updated 9:45 AM CDT
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This piece, entitled "Haystack," is an example of the art that will be produced in this new course.

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The inner-workings of a hotel remain a mystery to most of us. We check in, eat at the restaurant, retreat to our rooms and check out in the morning, but a new collaboration between the iconic Palmer House Hilton and the School of the Art Institute is giving a whole new view into the world of hotels.

This year, the Palmer House will host a "Topics Class" for students from the school which allows each student to work in the hotel on a project revolving around photography, design, and architecture.
The students peruse the hotel with unlimited access, find their “muse” (sheets, soap, hallways) and let their creativity shine. The result? Works of art inspired by grand, sweeping images of empty ballrooms, dynamic "portraits" of laundry (like the image pictured) and upright mattresses clothed in white sheets (called “The Kiss” because the mattresses look like they are kissing one another.)
Over the course of 2011 (beginning this week) the hotel will be displaying the works of art in a rotating exhibition in the hotel lobby for all eyes to see. So if you’re looking for something different to pique your interest, you may have just found it.

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