Art exhibits and design statement pieces can be aesthetically appealing as well as carry significant messages.
Whether through visual installations or exterior building features, showing a commitment to social equality can be displayed in several ways.
One public art project called Under the Baobab was created by Pirate Technics. Their rendition of the African baobab tree and its symbolization formed soft, yet colorful pieces that were done for the community. Initially developed for London’s Festival of the World, local design students helped construct the visual, and it has also been used by storefronts to display their fabrics.
The baobab tree, which is mostly native to Madagascar, is an African symbol for calmly seeking resolutions, community mediation and fairness. Varied patterns of recycled fabrics from different parts of the world were wrapped around the trees to form each unique band.
The colorfully coated trees were no small structures either, as they towered over city streets.
Check out the 3D walkabout:
Another colorful public piece that can be found in Germany is from artist Horst Glasker. His step design is fittingly called “Scala” which means staircase in Italian.
The lively footings contain words from various languages in reference to human relationships, such as “love” and “sympathy”. The bright hues make these steps a poignant form of street art with an important social message.
Artists and designers who use their creativity and resources to highlight important concerns through their works such as human rights, social equality and the need for communities that can coexist offer interesting pieces to look at that are much more meaningful than just their outer appearance.
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