The centerpiece was a temporary installation of an eight-letter sculpture –a word poem– carved of ice, which spelled SURVIVAL, at the United Nations Plaza, October 20, 1982, for a ceremonial one day event. The sculpture, “a Melting Message Monument,” was conceived as a dynamic visual symbol of the international cooperation and trust necessary to
preserve and purify the precious natural resource of water, essential to human survival. The sculpture contained
the combined samples of water, collected with the patronage of UNESCO, from more than 90 nations of the world.
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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.