With The Foundry nearing completion (hold onto your hats, folks), we wanted to focus on this art piece to be featured in the restaurant. We feel that the right artwork in a space tells us that thought and care was put into the details- and the right imagery can play a key role in the overall dining experience.
With the vision of what we were about to create finally coming to fruition, we knew we had to put a name to it. As we put the menu together and started thinking through restaurant names, we realized that the pig, and bacon specifically, played a key role in the menu - not only as a featured dish, but also as a playful addition to a few others.
With pig imagery brought to mind, we went though multiple restaurant names, including The Rural Pig and Porkchops & Applesauce before finally landing on The Foundry (most likely for the best). Still, the pig stuck from both of those names, and inspired this piece.
A classic butcher diagram outlines and details the 'cuts of meat' found within an animal for culinary usage and exactly where they come from. This piece not only says something about the actual ingredients that will be used within the restaurant, but also speaks to the local economy that we are attempting to embrace. Since we source as much as we can from local farms, we also wanted to feature local artists and build into small businesses. The local artist we commissioned for this piece was Carmen May of Farmington, PA.
When finished, we asked questions like 'does this say something about who we are and what we are trying to accomplish', 'will it give off the feeling we are aiming to create', and 'does it fit will within the context of the space as we envisioned it'? The answers were, ultimately, yes. In this, we view the artwork in our space as an opportunity for local artists to be recognized while simultaneously creating a dining experience that will have guests wanting to plan a trip back the moment they finish their meal.
To view this piece and more, be sure to reserve your seat for the opening of The Foundry.