The Wreath Project represents the efforts of students of visual merchandising, levels 2 & 3, to address a seasonal window theme for the Academy of Art University represented in a series of iconic, large scale symbols around the perimeter of the 79 NM building
The concept of the holiday wreath is a symbol throughout the world, even from ancient times, of celebration, hope, unity, oneness.
Students were challenged to find ways to ‘re-purpose’ common materials, readily available, and to conceive of designs that would transform these into holiday statements, expressing elegance, humor, and warmth.
A wide variety of materials utilized – including, inflatable pool toys; cast-off sweaters and winter scarves; thrift store finds of tableware and household detritus; wood scraps from the school of architecture’s wood shop; the contents of an entire recycling bin; old CD’s and mother-of-pearl buttons; used containers of paint mixing cups, from school of fashion’s textile studios; white paper coffee cups; found and gathered twigs and tree limbs; fabric remnants; maps.
The wreaths are all 6 feet or 8 feet in diameter – each wreath was designed and built in two parts (for access into the window space), then joined in the window.
Follow the jump to see a gallery of the wreaths in the 79 windows!
Believe us, they look really cool in person — so if you’re in the neighborhood, take a gander.