"Beauty in the Diversity of Ethnicities" United Nation Women - Portrait series - CODAworx

“Beauty in the Diversity of Ethnicities” United Nation Women – Portrait series


Location: New York, New York, NY, United States

Completion date: 2020

Artwork budget: $140,000

Project Team


Sebastien Courty

Sebastien Courty LLC

United Nations Women Association

United Nations Headquarters New York


Empowering women and gender equality, the series of portraits called “Beauty in the Diversity of Ethnicities” is handmade with 24 karat gold, silver, silk and coated threads.
This series of six portraits will honour incredible women chosen thanks to their history, achievements and investments in humanitarian causes.
Tribute to Yara Shahidi, Lupita Nyong’o, Salma Hayek, Lucie Lui, Angelina Jolie and Norah Jones.


Following any new development's ideologies the artwork will merge effortlessly with the architectural lines of the building and its modernism. Intricately textured and sturdy, the thread-drawing artwork will be free of safety hazards and provide low maintenance. Its surface will be coated with a crystal resin, making the panels waterproof and resilient to any weather and any human activities.


The thread-drawing technique consists of laying precious threads one next to the other in order to create a 2D visual with or without volume.

The four stages of this process consists in dividing an image into different shades of grey. Followed by the preparation of the work surface.

The most important step of them all, the selection of threads. Possibilities here are endless with a vast array of color and finishes to choose from, allowing for a truly unique artwork.

Last but not least the hand work and thread-drawing process: threads are laid down delicately side by side giving shape and life to the final artwork.