Reading, PA,- Last fall, Suzanne, of Muhlenberg Greene Architects, attended the Mural Stroll and Dean’s Way Dedication, presented by Berks Community Murals’ Mike Miller, a muralist and Wyomissing schools art teacher.
During Mr. Miller’s remarks, Dean was quoted to have said, “Public art humanizes the built environment”.
Suzanne returned to her job at the Architectural firm and shared Dean’s statement. Architects are tasked with imagining, creating, and improving the built environment – and Dean’s sentiment impacted the team at the firm.
It was agreed that if an opportunity to take part of a public art initiative presented itself, the staff would try to participate. More than a year later, Miller invited Cody to take part in a larger-scale public art project, The Berks Pretzel Collection, from Reutlingen to Reading.
Suzanne said, “Our Firm is celebrating 100 years of business in the county this year. We believe that our success is attributed to our deep ties and long-standing relationships in our community. It is our mission to give back to the region who has helped us reach this very special milestone. Helping to enhance the built environment is something important to us, it’s something we think about every day. The opportunity to get creative and take part was a chance we couldn’t pass up.”
The Berks Pretzel Collection public art project originated through Reading’s participation in a Street Art Festival in Reutlingen, Germany (Reading’s sister city). The project consists of a large collection of small paintings, all inspired by a pretzel. The first phase of the project’s installation is slated for this weekend and will be permanently displayed in downtown Reading at 645 Cherry Street.