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Marriott Pavilion at the Culinary Institute of America
Hyde Park, New York

  • project Marriott Pavilion at the Culinary Institute of America
  • client The Culinary Institute of America
  • electrical planning H.F. Lenz - Johnstown, PA
  • photographer James Brigagliano

Founded in 1946, The Culi­nary Insti­tute of Amer­ica is an inde­pen­dent, not-for-profit col­lege offer­ing asso­ciate and bachelor’s degrees with majors in culi­nary arts, baking and pastry arts, and culi­nary sci­ence, as well as cer­tifi­cate pro­grams in culi­nary arts, Latin cuisines, and wine and bev­er­age stud­ies. The CIA’s Hyde Park, NY campus is the new home for leg­endary CBS Art Direc­tor and Designer Lou Dorfsman’s Gas­troty­po­graph­i­calassem­blage. The work mea­sures more than 33 feet wide and 8 feet tall, and con­sists of more than 1,650 indi­vid­ual let­ters spelling out 255 culi­nary ter­mi­nol­ogy and expres­sions, as well as 65 food-related objects.

Lou Dorfsman’s work shows us the aes­thetic and his­tor­i­cal value of thought­ful design, and it offers vis­i­tors a glimpse into the nation’s bur­geon­ing aware­ness of food and cul­ture in the 1960s,” explains Dr. Tim Ryan, pres­i­dent of the CIA. This art­work was cre­ated in the era when Andy Warhol and Roy Licht­en­stein re-imag­ined images of soup cans and hot dogs as fine art. By dis­play­ing it in a truly public set­ting for the first time, the col­lege hopes to fur­ther build the rep­u­ta­tion of the Hudson Valley as a des­ti­na­tion for not only the culi­nary arts but the arts in gen­eral.”

Selux M36 LED was used to high­light this sig­nif­i­cant piece of Amer­i­can design his­tory, which is the focal point in the college’s Mar­riott Pavil­ion and Con­fer­ence Center. With the asym­met­ric wall grazer shield­ing option, M36 LED was the per­fect choice to evenly light the mural to cap­ture the imag­i­na­tions of both the CIA com­mu­nity and the lead­ers of the food ser­vice and hos­pi­tal­ity indus­tries when they attend the college’s thought lead­er­ship pro­grams in the new 800-seat the­ater and con­fer­ence center.

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