Berry Plastics


The Berry Plastics Corporation, a leading manufacturer of plastic packaging products, recently completed the construction of their Thermoforming Expansion at its headquarters in Evansville, Indiana. This expansion included multiple office suites and conference rooms, a state of the art multipurpose dining area, and vignettes displaying their products in addition to the manufacturing area. Hafer Associates, the architectural and interior designers for Berry Plastics’ expansion, contacted the Begley Art Source for assistance in selecting artwork for the new building.

The project’s Architect, Jack Faber, had designed a contemporary edifice complete with a subtle personality and efficient functionality as well as a visually open interior utilizing glass walls. For example, the dining area, inspired by the undulation of flowing water, sports a wall covering mimicking the surface of rippling water, and throughout the architectural design organic shaped lighting fixtures contrast with the clean straight lines of the architectural features. In conjunction with Amy Ward, the Interior Designer, Faber crafted spaces that are inspirational and innovative.

The facility needed artwork that would complement and enhance the vision of Faber and Ward. In consultation with them, artists, locally and nationally, were assembled for a diverse and handsome collection of artwork. BAS was able to provide imaginative artwork and unique imagery that enhances the facility in its design.

In the Lobby, Myra Burg, of Santa Monica, California, installed a “pick-up-sticks” type of assemblage of thread wrapped tubes, called Oboes, of varying sizes and colors that are mounted in overlapping positions. The Oboes’ design in the coloration moves up the wall starting with cool tones and changing to warmer tones over a white backdrop. The vibrant colors and texture of the threads shimmer in the daylight from the lobby’s large bank of windows.

To compliment the plastics manufacturing, a Nashville, Tennessee artist, Carrie McGee, was commissioned to create colorful hanging tiles that she makes out of acrylic, rust and oil. These translucent tiles capture the imagination as the shapes created by staining and saturation immerge through the depth of the plastic tile.   While the tiles are hanging in a grid pattern, the assembly reflects the architectural rhythm in the design of the glass panes of the walls and windows.

In continuation of the water theme, Shirley Kern, formerly of Evansville, Indiana, painted two triptychs after her seascape paintings recently exhibited in the presentation gallery of BAS. One of the triptychs is a seascape with a horizon line of landscape dissecting the water from sky. The other triptych depicts a rough seascape on a bright sunlit day.

Berry Plastics’ art collection also includes a lacquered copper sculpture by Amy Musia, Evansville, Indiana; three textured formed bars of paper by JP Designs, Pottstown, Pennsylvania; indigo-dyed felted stones by Rowland Ricketts, Bloomington, Indiana; and various digital prints from Sharron Bliss and Howard Hersh, San Francisco, California.

The Begley Art Source would like to thank Hafer Associates and Berry Plastics Corporation for allowing us to assist them in this endeavor. All the proceeds from this project benefit the operations of the Evansville Museum.