O-H-I-O—an amazing state for singers (Dean Martin, Doris Day), sharpshooters (Annie Oakley), astronauts (John Glenn, Neil Armstrong), comedians (Jonathan Winters, Bob Hope, Fred Willard), entrepreneurs (Dave Thomas, Leslie Wexner) and One Of A Kind commissions! From Cincinnati to Cleveland and assorted points in between, we’ve had the privilege of collaborating with over 30 distinguished Ohio companies, hospitals and organizations since 1985. Their inspiring stories from The Heartland are as varied as their industries.
We’ve come to appreciate the vision, values, and success of Ohio companies—some internationally famous, like Bridgestone/Firestone, The Limited and Banc One. Others, such as Denier Electric and Sauder Woodworking, continue to thrive under family leadership, with executives commanding national roles in professional organizations. When viewed as a whole, our One Of A Kind art begins to capture the diversity and color of Ohio—especially meaningful to this Studio Director with deep Buckeye roots.
The Limited collage, our first Ohio commission, was presented to Founder Leslie Wexner by the company’s Distribution Department on the company’s 25th anniversary. The photographs, articles, and memorabilia displayed in the art bursts forth from an actual cardboard box, with a ribbon bearing the message “The best is yet to come…”. And in 1989, that was prophetic indeed!
Banc One commissioned their artwork for their annual report cover. “We want an award-winning cover,” our client told us. And, indeed, the collage went on to win the highest Gold Award from Financial World Magazine for Best Annual Report Cover of the year. The original art was installed in front of the CEO’s office.
Wendy’s commissioned artwork on their 25th anniversary, honoring Founder Dave Thomas and celebrating the growth of the company–North, South, East, West, as the “compass rose” design suggests and on which franchisees’ names are photoengraved. We had the pleasure of updating the art for Wendy’s 40th anniversary, working with our original clients, Denny Lynch and Kitty Munger, bringing the story up to date.
In 2000, Bridgestone Firestone 100th Anniversary Art was unveiled in Akron, Ohio. The collage tells the history of this international success story, from the early growth, their winning history at the Indy 500, to the merger of Bridgestone and Firestone in 1988, paving the way for them to become the world’s largest tire manufacturer. For a sense of scale, that’s an actual Firestone tire as centerpiece!
Cleveland Indians honored their retiring general manager Hank Peters in 1992. The background consist of layers of handcut and bevelled boards forming a baseball diamond. The dedication is engraved on a metal “home plate.”
Grange Insurance commissioned 75th anniversary art for their headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. The dynamic shape for the art replicates their logo. Grange reproduced their artwork as souvenir posters for their celebration.
Denier Electric commissioned to honor Denny Denier on the company’s 65th anniversary, Cincinnati, Ohio. The side electrical bolts are created in brass. Letters from delighted customers are featured in the center. 3D tools of the industry and three generations of Denier family leadership are represented, making for a fascinating retrospective.
Tech International celebrated three generations of family leadership in their 75th anniversary commemorative art. As a leader in tire repair, the design is circular, suggesting a tire. The central hub of the artwork features five stylized “lug nuts” which provide a base for their Core Values, photoengraved on metal plates. A ribbon of international flags commemorates the amazing worldwide growth of this company, headquartered in Johnstown, Ohio.
The second generation of Schottenstein family leadership honored the two founders of M/I Homes, on the 25th anniversary of the company. The centerpiece is a 3D brass recreation of their iconic logo, along with a door knocker and blueprint. Their retrospective reflects M/I Homes’ impressive growth from Columbus, Ohio to locations across the country.