Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Corcoran College of Art + Design Presents a Cool Creative Christmas

Masters students from the Corcoran College of Art + Design have teamed up with the Royal Danish Embassy in Washington, DC to present Cool Creative Christmas, an environmentally-focused holiday art installation staged at the Danish Ambassador Mr. Friis Arne Petersen’s Residence. The installation includes 750 glass jars with Solar LED lights, 900 floating flowers and 1000's of paper flowers and snowflakes. For more details CLICK HERE.

In addition, a sculpture of President Obama by artist Petter Gugger, made entirely from Chicago Tribune newspapers and on-loan from the President’s campaign headquarters in Chicago is in the mix.

The Embassy’s annual celebration takes a new green twist this year to highlight COP15, the United Nations Climate Change Conference, hosted in Denmark December 7-18. In keeping with the mission of the conference, the Christmas installation this year is decidedly green. Solar LED lights, soy candles, recycled and seed-infused paper formed into thousands of intricate paper flowers, Cradle to Cradle approved fabrics, non-VOC paint and many more green efforts make up the installation. All recyclable items will be recycled and/or reused.

Organized by Catherine Armour, Corcoran College of Art + Design Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Corcoran students Breeze Giannasio, Brittany Watson, and Caryn Cramer, along with Danish design students Louise Havndrup and Tirsdag Kjoller, the team designed the concept by weekly Skype conference calls throughout the fall semester.

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