Culture Counts: UNESCO poster competition

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Woven Globe

by Valerie Pettis


Rapprochement is not a perfect process, neither seamless nor instantaneous. Rapprochement is approximate, arrives through compromise, and requires an acceptance of difference. In Woven Globe, the longitudinal lines are like the warp of a loom, and are fixed. That is, the physical world is apparently unchanging, at least on the timescale of human culture and civilization. But the weft, which is what we as humans bring to the weave is flexible and in that flexibility, approximate. This dynamic indefinite threading is at once our strength and our vulnerability. We can come together as one cloth, but only if we respect and are prepared to enjoin many threads, of many different colors, diverse strengths, and independent motions. The logo for “The International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures” was the inspiration for Woven Globe.