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DaimlerChrysler Services Promotes Creativity Through Art

April 29, 2003

Since DaimlerChrysler Services North Americaopened the doors to its North American headquarters in September 2002, thecompany says it has taken measures to foster a creative work environment. The company says theDaimlerChrysler Services headquarters building has its own unique identity.Resembling a university campus, the space provides employees with an openenvironment encouraging a free-flow of communication, says the company.The company says, complementing the structural beauty of the building, consisting of fourthree-and-a-half story interconnected buildings situated around twolandscaped courtyards, the building has a series of contemporaryartworks inside. Provided by the DaimlerChrysler Services Art Collection,this contemporary art collection has pieces created by both internationaland local artists. The disbursement of artwork throughout the buildingcontains both permanent and changing exhibitions and consists of manydifferent types of medium including ceramics, painting, photography andsculpture."The collection of contemporary art was specifically chosen over moretraditional pieces for the express purpose of fostering intellectualstimulation. Vivid colors, hard edges and cool hues provide insight into aworld where the art not only complements the building, but is also aconversation piece among employees," said Jürgen Walker, president and CEOof DaimlerChrysler Services North America.In the spirit of creativity, DaimlerChrysler Services is hosting a localartist commissioned to do a work in progress. Thomas Gelsanliter -- muralartist and a 2002 Cranbrook Academy of Arts graduate -- will create amural, drawing on the DaimlerChrysler Services work environment, buildingand natural surroundings.As part of the company's corporate commitment to support art and culture,DaimlerChrysler Services has built a partnership with the Cranbrook Academyof Arts to showcase pieces from the school's own graduate students as wellas world-renowned artists. Based in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cranbrook isone of the world's most distinguished fine art schools and has long been acenter for contemporary art and design.About DaimlerChrysler Services North America LLCDaimlerChrysler Services North America LLC provides brand specificfinancing for automotive dealers' inventories and their retail consumersand does business as Chrysler Financial and Mercedes-Benz Credit. AsDaimlerChrysler Services Truck Finance it also finances commercial vehiclesfor affiliate products such as Freightliner, Sterling and Western Star. Thecompany serves as the headquarters for the operations in the United States,Canada and Mexico and has over 5,000 employees who manage a portfolio of$82 billion with nearly five million contracts. DaimlerChrysler ServicesNorth America is a member of the DaimlerChrysler Services Group,headquartered in Berlin, Germany which operates in 39 countries with anemployee base exceeding 10,000 and a global portfolio of EUR 109 billion.DaimlerChrysler Services is one of the leading financial services companiesworldwide. For additional information visit the Web site atwww.daimlerchryslerservices.com.About Cranbrook Academy of ArtFounded in 1932, the Cranbrook Academy of Art is a graduate level school of art, design and architecture. Thisindependent graduate degree-granting institution offers astudio-based experience where artists-in-residence mentor students in art,architecture and design to creatively influence contemporary culture. Cranbrook is located at39221 Woodward Avenue in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and includes the Academyof Art, Art Museum, Institute of Science, Schools and other affiliatedcultural and educational programs. Cranbrook's Academy of Art grants masterof fine arts degrees in eight disciplines and master of architecturedegrees. For more information, call (248) 645-3300 or visit the Web siteat www.cranbrook.edu.About the Artist- Thomas GelsanliterAfter dedicating five years of his life as a print and electronicjournalist aboard aircraft carrier USS George Washington, Gelsanliterrealized his passion for ceramics. He graduated with a master's degree inceramics from the Cranbrook Academy of Arts in 2002.Gelsanliter is currently employed as the moldmaker and tile presscoordinator for Motawi Tile Works in Ann Arbor, Mich. His work includesoverseeing tile production as well as fabricating new tile for the Motawiproduct line.
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