Live Grass at New World School of the Arts Transforms Gallery into Outdoor Haven During World Day of Design Exhibition to Raise Awareness of our Environment
MIAMI --- In a daring and unprecedented feat, New World School of the Arts drastically transformed the landscape of its visual arts gallery by covering its floor, 1700 square feet, with live grass. “Our aim was to highlight the importance of today’s environmental issues and raise awareness of our responsibility, as artists and designers, to protect it. At the same time we wanted our guests to feel as if they were enjoying an outdoor exhibition” declared Maggy Cuesta, Dean of Visual Arts for NWSA. The exhibition was presented from April 27 through May 11 at the New World Gallery, 25 NE 2nd Avenue, downtown, Miami.
Organized by the World Day of Design Committee and NWSA faculty Louise Romeo, Rosario Martinez-Cañas, Annette Piskel and Dean Maggy Cuesta, World Day of Design was a collaborative effort showcasing 50 works designed by students, faculty and local graphic designers. Using a variety of environmentally friendly materials including, paper, metal, glass, cardboard and rubber, the artists developed intricate pieces of art that stressed the importance of our surroundings and the need to safeguard it. To reinforce their message, artists also gathered statistical information and presented it as part of the art work.
A silent action yielded the sale of 15 artworks during the two-week exhibition. Funds raised will be dedicated to the NWSA visual arts department for scholarships, exchange programs, and necessary art supplies.
World Day of Design is an international holiday celebrated throughout the world on April 27, acknowledging the vital role of design in the public arena. Miami Designers and the public are invited to join in celebrating a day already recognized in such countries as Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Italy, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Spain, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan and Turkey.
New World School of the Arts (NWSA) was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts, is an educational partnership of Miami Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.
Further information regarding NWSA’s Visual Arts Program is available by calling
(305) 237-3597, or at www.mdc.edu/nwsa.
Photo caption: [Treekraft] by NWSA faculty Annette Piskel.