Riggs Distler was contracted by Verizon to install 5G poles in Harrisburg, PA. One of the poles is located directly in front of the Susquehanna Art Museum (SAM). Some patrons and neighbors complained it was an eyesore so Verizon and the museum worked together to make the pole better complement its surroundings.
“We are launching the first 5G pole by Verizon as a work of art at the Susquehanna Art Museum. We are so thrilled to be the first-in-the-nation art pole…,” said Alice Anne Schwab, museum executive director. “We love the idea of being the first and we love the idea also of making some lemonades out of what initially seemed like some kind-of rotten lemons. So we’re pretty happy to have something that looks like it’s meant to be there and it looks like it’s a work of art in front of, in fact, an art museum.”
The artwork by Haas was printed on a wrap and attached to the pole, except in three areas which he hand painted, including the base, the light arm and the funnel shape below the very top of the pole. The wrap was printed on specific 3M material (which will not interfere with the 5 G network) and installed by Riggs Distler’s Data Communications group in March 2022.
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