Since DaimlerChrysler Services North America
opened the doors to its North American headquarters in September 2002, the
company says it has taken measures to foster a creative work environment. The company says the
DaimlerChrysler Services headquarters building has its own unique identity.
Resembling a university campus, the space provides employees with an open
environment encouraging a free-flow of communication, says the company.
The company says, complementing the structural beauty of the building, consisting of four
three-and-a-half story interconnected buildings situated around two
landscaped courtyards, the building has a series of contemporary
artworks inside. Provided by the DaimlerChrysler Services Art Collection,
this contemporary art collection has pieces created by both international
and local artists. The disbursement of artwork throughout the building
contains both permanent and changing exhibitions and consists of many
different types of medium including ceramics, painting, photography and
"The collection of contemporary art was specifically chosen over more
traditional pieces for the express purpose of fostering intellectual
stimulation. Vivid colors, hard edges and cool hues provide insight into a
world where the art not only complements the building, but is also a
conversation piece among employees," said Jürgen Walker, president and CEO
of DaimlerChrysler Services North America.
In the spirit of creativity, DaimlerChrysler Services is hosting a local
artist commissioned to do a work in progress. Thomas Gelsanliter -- mural
artist and a 2002 Cranbrook Academy of Arts graduate -- will create a
mural, drawing on the DaimlerChrysler Services work environment, building
and natural surroundings.
As part of the company's corporate commitment to support art and culture,
DaimlerChrysler Services has built a partnership with the Cranbrook Academy
of Arts to showcase pieces from the school's own graduate students as well
as world-renowned artists. Based in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cranbrook is
one of the world's most distinguished fine art schools and has long been a
center for contemporary art and design.
About DaimlerChrysler Services North America LLC
DaimlerChrysler Services North America LLC provides brand specific
financing for automotive dealers' inventories and their retail consumers
and does business as Chrysler Financial and Mercedes-Benz Credit. As
DaimlerChrysler Services Truck Finance it also finances commercial vehicles
for affiliate products such as Freightliner, Sterling and Western Star. The
company 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 Services
North America is a member of the DaimlerChrysler Services Group,
headquartered in Berlin, Germany which operates in 39 countries with an
employee base exceeding 10,000 and a global portfolio of EUR 109 billion.
DaimlerChrysler Services is one of the leading financial services companies
worldwide. For additional information visit the Web site at
About Cranbrook Academy of Art
Founded in 1932, the Cranbrook Academy of Art is a graduate level school of art, design and architecture. This
independent graduate degree-granting institution offers a
studio-based experience where artists-in-residence mentor students in art,
architecture and design to creatively influence contemporary culture.
Cranbrook is located at
39221 Woodward Avenue in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and includes the Academy
of Art, Art Museum, Institute of Science, Schools and other affiliated
cultural and educational programs. Cranbrook's Academy of Art grants master
of fine arts degrees in eight disciplines and master of architecture
degrees. For more information, call (248) 645-3300 or visit the Web site
About the Artist- Thomas Gelsanliter
After dedicating five years of his life as a print and electronic
journalist aboard aircraft carrier USS George Washington, Gelsanliter
realized his passion for ceramics. He graduated with a master's degree in
ceramics from the Cranbrook Academy of Arts in 2002.
Gelsanliter is currently employed as the moldmaker and tile press
coordinator for Motawi Tile Works in Ann Arbor, Mich. His work includes
overseeing tile production as well as fabricating new tile for the Motawi