The concept for “Building Up” originated in the architectural diversity found throughout downtown Akron. Each piece of glass was cut in the perspective of these buildings, among others, to create an original landscape. Patterns derived from the facades of these structures were then layered on top of each other to create an abstracted sky that appears to awaken this beautiful city. As an additional layer, white-washed houses captured from nearby neighborhoods were included in the foreground. In totality, “Building Up” symbolizes the relationship and interdependence between the main Akron commercial district and its surrounding residential communities.
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CODA: Collaboration of Design + Art
The global online community that celebrates design projects featuring commissioned artworks.
[ manifesto ]
Art matters. Attention to the details of our environment leads to love of place, which brings us to take responsibility for the spaces where we live and work. And by extension, the people with whom we live and work. And by extension, to our local communities, our cities, our nations, and our world.
We champion the role of artists in our society. We need artists to provide us with inspiration, creativity, and imagination, and to help us envision a better world.
Architects and designers know that remarkable design can change everything. They connect the dots across disciplines, collaborating with artists to make the world a more beautiful place. They are the ultimate patrons of the arts.
In the process, design professionals promote imagination and creativity, and through their commissions, make original art integral to and accessible in people's lives.
Art in our public and private spaces helps us fight ordinary buildings, ordinary streets, ordinary cities. We celebrate the extraordinary.
The architecture of our buildings and the design of our interiors affect our happiness and well-being. Each of us deserves a daily dose of inspiration.