From the beauty is in the eye of the beholder department comes a unique art exhibit on display this week.
Giant cardboard picture frames, housing giant cardboard art, grace the lobby at One Arts Plaza, 1722 Routh St., Dallas. So does a massive 6-foot cardboard squid. There are also designer shoes, stereo speakers, a shelter, and a host of other unique products … all recycled and upcycled from everyday, recyclable cardboard.
The display even features a cardboard voting booth recently used in the democratic elections in Yemen. In Yemen, and other countries throughout the Arabic world, the cardboard voting booth is both a tool of democracy and a source of inspiration. Easy to transport and assemble, cardboard voting booths can be deployed in a matter of seconds, offering privacy, peace of mind and fulfillment for voters around the world—some ingredients of freedom.
“It’s a powerful symbol of democracy,” says Stephanie Hunt, founder of the Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity.
The institute is hosting Engineering & Humanity Week, April 15-20. The One Arts Plaza exhibition is an element of the week-long, citywide celebration of the use of engineering innovation to improve the quality of life for the global poor.
“Cardboard was invented 195 years ago,” says Hunt, “and is one of the most versatile and durable mediums for innovation today.”
Another element of the Engineering & Humanity week celebration is a Cardboard Design Competition open to all ages and, according to Hunt, designed to help businesses, professionals, and students engage in the process of changing the world through technology and innovation. Jurors for the competition include Betsy del Monte of The Beck Group, Brad Oldham of Brad Oldham International, Inc., and Scott Armstrong of Armstrong-Douglas Partners, LLC.
The second annual celebration of Engineering & Humanity Week provides in-depth exposure to global economics, cultural awareness, collaborative leadership, and principles of sustainability.
The public is welcome to the many events outlined at www.EandHWeek.org.