Steven Weitzman: Great Map of Colorado
NMTA Grants “Art Special Award” to Weitzman for Colorado Project
After 40 Years, Weitzman Continues Producing Acclaimed Work, Art and Innovations
Brentwood, MD – March 21, 2012 – In 2011, award-winning artist Steven Weitzman celebrated forty years as a creator, figurative sculptor and craftsman. In 2012, National Terrazzo and Mosaic Association, the industry’s leading trade organization, will present Mr. Weitzman with its prestigious “Art Special Award” for his work on the History Colorado Center. This honor is reserved for elite firms, architects and designers who have made substantial achievements within the concrete and art industries. Later this year, Steven’s skills will be displayed with the official opening of the Center in Denver, Colorado. Weitzman created the interactive multimedia art installation called the “Great Map of Colorado” made up of 234 hand crafted tiles for the Great Hall of the 200,000-square-foot cutting-edge museum.
“It is an incredible project that really stunned the judges with its difficulty. We spent quite a while amazed at how flawlessly it was put together,” expressed Sharon Moreno, a representative of the NTMA. The NTMA has an honors award competition every year and judges rank jobs individually using a 40 point grading system. The association had 43 jobs entered this year, and in exceptional instances they recognize a job for its artistic value. Weitzman was selected for his special craftsmanship, in what judges noted as ‘truly an astonishing use of terrazzo.
In addition to his artistic and technical achievements, Weitzman is a ground-breaking inventor and businessman. To maximize his work, Weitzman developed a method for casting structural terrazzo flooring material to control the color, design and scaling of any images he created in concrete. Utilizing his own revolutionary concrete, FOTERA®, Weitzman was able to refine the traditional process to produce murals in full, crisp, 100 percent color. This year, Weitzman will also launch Terrazzo.com – a website formed to target contractors, suppliers, designers, consultants, artists, builders and others who use concrete for creative and structural purposes. Professionals who visit Terrazzo.com will be exposed to a variety of industry resources, marketing and networking opportunities, and critical information for using and maximizing the key building material.
Steven’s continued and active engagement in his profession is evidenced by the recent launch of his new website, is his completion of a major historical work and his involvement in numerous civic projects across the nation. In the past five years, Weitzman has continued to reach new heights in national exposure and industry acclaim. In 2007, DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities commissioned Weitzman to create a monumental, bronze sculpture of famed orator and advisor to Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass. The piece, which took over a year to create and $100,000 to produce, was presented to the US Capitol as a gift on behalf of Washington, DC to add to their collection in Statuary Hall of noted residents from respective states across the nation.
Through his company, Creative Design Resolutions (CDR), Inc., Weitzman has been retained to work on numerous large-scale highway and transportation projects for a quarter of all Department of Transportation’s in the country. Each will serve both cultural and municipal purposes. Of particular significance, CDR was contracted to provide the Aesthetic Master Plan for eight bridges in the city of Norman, Oklahoma which promises to have a significant impact on Oklahoma’s overall urban planning. In addition, CDR has several ongoing projects in Atlanta, GA; Clearwater, FL; San Francisco, CA; and several cities in Arizona.
This entrepreneur executes his endeavors through three businesses – Weitzman Studios, CDR and Creative Form Liners. His 10,000 square foot Maryland-based studio serves as a one-stop clearinghouse for aesthetic civic master planning, project construction and industry information – a unique combination for the field. Weitzman’s portfolio represents projects involving the Smithsonian, United Nations and a quarter of all the Departments of Transportation in the United States. And after forty years, Weitzman’s continues to expand elements of his corporate, commercial and creative domains.
For more information about Steven Weitzman Studios or FŌTERA®, please visit http://www.weitzmanstudios.com, for transportation design and planning visit http://www.creativedesignresolutions.com and for construction industry resources, visit: www.terrazzo.com.
Steven Weitzman, master of the multi-disciplinary approach to public art, is an award winning designer of urban spaces and nationally acclaimed artist and sculptor. Spanning a successful career of over forty years, Weitzman’s capabilities include large scale highway and bridge projects, heroic scale figurative bronze, glass, terrazzo, commissioned art works, urban and environmental designs. As both an entrepreneur and innovator, he is one of very few artists who have been able to combine his creative talents with impressive business aptitude and mechanical skills. Central to all of his endeavors is a gift to incorporate aesthetics into each project he stamps with the Weitzman brand.
As an artist, Steven Weitzman distinguishes himself by refusing to be restricted to one type of art discipline. Many of his artworks show a true-to-life representation of his subject; other pieces abstract the form to become patterns that recall the subject matter. His career comprises an elite list of commissioned appointments from the Smithsonian, United Nations, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Arts Commissions and Universities across the country, a quarter of state Departments of Transportation and scores of other national clients. Some of his most noted projects have historical and social value, even beyond its artistic merit. Weitzman’s bronze sculpture of Frederick Douglass, commissioned by the DC Arts & Humanities is set for placement in the US Capitol. His fiberglass project, “A Fish Out of Water” in Baltimore, MD, helped to raise $850,000 for charity. His penchant for animating history though art is seen in projects like the History Colorado Center in Denver, CO; where Weitzman laid the multimedia, interactive flooring for the new cutting-edge, 200,000-square foot museum.
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