The Gateway At University Town Center Announces Artwork Installation At Safeway Retail Plaza

April 1, 2016
Contact:  Justin Fair, Hyattsville CDC
(301) 683-8267

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HYATTSVILLE, MD –ECHO Realty and the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation are pleased to announce the installation of “Ribbon of Life,” a permanent public artwork for the entrance to the East-West Highway-oriented commercial development – the Gateway at University Town Center (UTC) – in Prince George’s County. The sculpture will be installed on Monday, April 4th.

“Ribbon of Life” by sculptor Alan Binstock, is a triple helix of stainless steel, with a matrix of UV and weather compatible resin, re-purposed tempered glass and an embedded welded wire, stainless steel grid. The genesis of Its design is the DNA helix: at once conjuring the essence of health-conscious living via life’s essential building blocks.

Colors and textures change as one drives or walks past this 15′ tall translucent pillar. At night, recessed light internally illuminates this placemaking icon. The sculpture is located east of America Boulevard, in the outdoor pedestrian plaza / seating area beside the new “lifestyle” Safeway, visible by both entering and departing vehicular traffic and pedestrians.


A “lifestyle” Safeway joins UTC’s current anchor Regal Royale 14 Cinemas: alongside new additions including Medstar Health Research Institute, Phenix Salon Suites, Unleashed by Petco, Town Center Wine & Spirits, Le’s Nails and Spa, and Pollo Campero. Existing UTC development assets include attractive condominiums, office buildings, student housing, and an outdoor plaza with fountain. The addition of Safeway as the newest major anchor at UTC, and the development of the adjoining shops and parking structure fronting East-West Highway form a conspicuous part of a multi-phase transformation of Hyattsville’s Prince George’s Plaza Transit District.

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