Twenty-two bright orange foam figures float together in a group, symbolizing the
many refugees worldwide who risk peril to seek safety and freedom. Wind and
currents move the figures, making them even more lifelike and seemingly vulnerable.
The United Nations estimates that there are approximately 21.3 million refugees
around the world. Each figure represents one million of those refugees.
Selected by jury for the Fort Point Arts Community (FPAC)’s public art
program, SOS was installed in Boston during the fall of 2016. It attracted much
attention and conversation, garnering stories in print media, local TV networks, and
blogs, as well as hundreds of social media mentions. FPAC called SOS its “most
successful project to date in terms of audience engagement.”
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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.