Gulf States Toyota
Gulf States Toyota desired their art collection to reflect parameters important to the company as a whole: particularly Japan, Texas, the automobile industry and their sensitivity to 21st century environmental issues. The collection compliments their newly designed, LEED certified corporate headquarters.
As a first principle, all artwork was to be aesthetically pleasing, complementing the interiors, and highlighting the natural materials used in the architecture. In homage to GST’s forty five year history with Toyota, the art collection includes many Japanese artists. Simultaneously, the art reflects Texas and its artists, including Joe Mancuso, Stephen Mueller, and Jesús Moroles, (illus.). Finally, the art refers to the automotive industry in a formal way in that many of the commissioned works were inspired by automotive components and design.
GST’s history, place, and industry provided guidelines for our art collecting strategy. Foremost were aesthetic concerns regarding complimenting and reflecting the natural materials of the interior spaces. Tied to this concern with material was a practical sense of appropriateness in an age of sustainability. The importance of environmental responsibility is highlighted by the LEED certification of the building, which in turns reflects Toyota’s ongoing commitment to building ever more fuel efficient vehicles. Sculptures of reclaimed wood, as in Donald Fortescue’s work, and of reclaimed metal, as in Paul Villinski’s butterflies, reflect this parameter. The GST art collection contributes to a beautifully integrated space that reflects the achievements and concerns of Toyota’s businesses.