By Adelina Osan, Associate Editor
Brooklyn-based artist Marela Zacarias was selected as the winner of a $200,000 lobby art commission by The William Vale, Williamsburg’s latest hotel, in partnership with Brooklyn Arts Council. The four-star hotel is located on 55 Wythe Avenue and is one of Williamsburg’s most architecturally significant new developments.
Marela Zacarias will create a 25’ x 20 x 3’ three-dimensional sculptural painting offering multiple visual and historical perspectives. The work is influenced by early Native American geometries in relationship to Brooklyn’s history and its original inhabitants, specifically the Lenape culture before the Dutch arrived to the island. Resembling the shape of a giant Brooklyn map, the sculpture will be comprised of 20 differing segments and will feature artist’s interpretation of abstract shapes and colors.
“It’s a privilege to honor Marela with this commission and we’re ecstatic about what’s in store for the hotel’s lobby,” said Sebastien Maingourd, general manager of The William Vale. “Her proposal is for an oversized work that will pay homage to the borough and exhibit inspiration from early Native American heritage. We’re confident that this piece of work will spark conversation about the community’s strong art influence among international tourists and locals alike.”
The William Vale, set to open in early 2016, will adorn Zacarias’ work as the main focal point within the lobby. Bold, progressive and forward-thinking, Williamsburg’s latest hotel will deliver a 183 room four-star hotel, elevated public green space and a vibrant mix of retail and restaurants to the thriving North Williamsburg neighborhood.