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For the Sake of Hotel Art: theWit's Angel Wings

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August 19, 2010 at 3:36 PM | by | Comment (1)

Is the WiFi free? Does the gym have good machines? All these things get noticed when checking into a hotel, but what about the atmosphere of the place—specifically the art on the walls or on the floor? All this week, we'll be highlighting properties around the world that do their artwork right, and the specific pieces you should stare long and hard at when next you drop by.

Today: theWit Hotel's Angel Wing chandeliers by Cheryl Rowley.

With the grittiness of Chicago's Loop El tracks just outside, which consistently cast a shadow over part of the lobby, theWit needed to find a way to add brightness and levity to the space. Thus the hotel's interior public spaces designer, Beverly Hills-based Cheryl Rowley, looked to the heavens for inspiration and approached manufacturer Lusive Decor for a custom design of theWit's lobby chandeliers—angel wings.

Exhibited at last year's Hospitality Design Expo in Las Vegas, theWit's chandeliers are an ideal mix of artiness and function. Light sculptures, if you will.

Perhaps the best part about their installation at theWit is that the lobby's mezzanine level allows you to get right up close to them, to properly appreciate the details. View from below, you could mistake them for a standard but dramatic chandelier design, but there is no mistaking the wings when viewed level with them. To see them yourself, you can always stop into the hotel's second-floor restaurant Cibo Matto or stay in a room starting from $250 per night.

[Photo: HotelChatter]

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Cool Art

I think that theWit has done a great job of trying to separate itself from it "Cookie" cutter brand. Its roof bar is great, even with the convention crowd.

One hotel that I've always admired for their artwork is Schrager's Gramercy Park with its grand Damien Hirst Butterfly piece in the bar

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