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Friday December 16, 2011

Dream Wall

The Kansas City Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA KC) has awarded Missouri Bank with the 2011 Arts Honor Award in Allied Arts and Craftsmanship for the DREAM wall at the bank’s Brookside branch.

It isn’t every day that a bank’s drive-thru lane earns an art award. But then, the mobank Brookside branch drive-thru is anything but typical. The lane runs through the center of the building, separated from the lobby by a glass wall. Along the opposite wall is a 90-foot-long original artwork designed specifically for the space.

The work, by Kansas City artist Archie Scott Gobber, is titled “DREAM.” Its hand-painted, huge aluminum letters spell the word “dream” against brightly colored horizontal stripes running the entire length of the wall. Archie included back-lighting to create a sense of velocity and shifting perspectives. Missouri Bank and Helix Architecture + Design wanted customers to see a message that would be inspiring. “After all, mobank’s goal is to help people realize their dreams, whether it’s building a business or a better life,” said Grant Burcham, mobank’s president and CEO.

Catering primarily to entrepreneurs, mobank is a different kind of bank. “I see DREAM as a hopeful, humanist, nostalgic and proud statement by a local bank that is committed to people,” Gobber said. “It says, ‘You’re in the right place.’”

“We want to thank Archie for giving the Brookside branch this terrific art,” Burcham said. “The recognition of his work by this award is well-earned.” Helix Architecture + Design also recently received an AIA KC award for the Brookside branch’s design excellence. BNIM, another Kansas City architecture firm, was awarded for their work on the new City Hall for tornado-ravaged Greensburg, Kansas.

To read more: http://www.aiakc.org/awards/archive/category/2011-arts-honor-award/2011/missouri-bank-dream-installation/.

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