On October 25th, Avitru participated in “Rise in the City”. The event was held in New York City and invited architects and artists to create works of art that represented a block in Manhattan. Companies could then sponsor a block and artist to raise funds for an orphanage in Lesotho, Africa.
In keeping with company principles to create architecture of enduring value for humanity, Avitru sponsored the architect, Stephen Dynia and his artistic interpretation of a portion of Manhattan relative to the country of Lesotho. All entries were juried, with the top 10 pieces of art auctioned live at the Angel Oresanz Foundation on October 25, 2017. The remaining pieces were available for bid on a silent auction. And just like the sponsorships, all proceeds from the auction went to the orphanage in Lesotho, with the main goal of having enough funds to design and construct a new building for an overcrowded orphanage in Lesotho.
Artistic interpretations were wide ranging including architectural models, photographs, sculptures, paintings, and drawings. Avitru further supported the event by purchasing the piece created by Dynia Architects.
Dynia described the piece as such:
“This piece can be read on two scales: an abstract representation of the 080 segment of the Hudson river waterfront at the Holland tunnel. It is in fact a photograph of a found condition of thick layers of paint being ground off a column of a nearby pier, revealing colors over time. These colors relate to the green and orange Lesotho textiles and the grinding pattern, subtly enhanced, show traces of the indigenous sand swirl patterns.”
Watch the videos below to learn more about the orphanage, and the event that was held to raise funds.