Planting a Forest of Creativity in the Nation's Capital: The Urban Forest Project DC

May 17, 2011

The Urban Forest Project DC

 

In the spring of 2011, the Urban Forest Project DC is in the process of planting 100 street banners by local artists, designers, and students in downtown Washington, D.C. Each banner uses the form of or metaphor for the tree to make a powerful visual statement about the environment. Together, they create a forest of thoughtful images in downtown D.C.

In addition to professional designers and artists, the Urban Forest Project DC has engaged students from the Corcoran College of Art + Design and the Luke C. Moore Academy to design banners. The Corcoran College of Art + Design incorporated the Urban Forest Project DC into the design curriculum at the Sophomore, Junior, and Senior levels. Students were required to do research on climate change and sustainability. The following Corcoran design department students were selected: Katherine Carberry, Ron Cortez, Abigail Fairfax, Abdullah Khashoggi, Noha Khashoggi, Gilbert Kusler, Shawn Moriarty, Nancy Palm, Drew Ransom, Susana Sanchez, Michael Theodoran, and Ken Zinser.

Corcoran design faculty mentors were Bob Lasater and Robert McVearry. The following Corcoran faculty and alumni were selected: Antonio Alcala, Leslie Badani, Sarah Chamberlain, Alex Diaz, Francheska Guerrero, Milagros Arrisueno, and Hermano S. Talastas.

Please visit youtube to see Corcoran design students, faculty, and alumni discuss the inspiration for their banner designs.

See the banners in DC

 

PARTNERS

The Urban Forest Project DC is presented by the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and Worldstudio, in collaboration with AIGA DC, Corcoran College of Art + Design, Downtown DC BID, and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Major sponsors are District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and Portland Color.

FRIENDS OF THE URBAN FOREST PROJECT DC

Dodge Chrome
Corcoran College of Art + Design
Astray Productions