Culture Counts: UNESCO poster competition

Competition Details

Handshake Globe

by Valerie Pettis


Handshake Globe describes a crossing of boundaries. It expresses bringing together the world entire through a universal gesture of communication, recognition, and friendship. The crosslink of hands and arms (crossed the way lines of latitude and longitude cross) also conveys interdependence, and the importance of reciprocal exchange between cultures. The color palette – the hands are of diverse hue - alludes to diversity, yet the palette is unified by color density and tone just as Humanity is unified as a truly single race. Thus the color, form and structure of the Handshake Globe express dialogue, mutual understanding and cooperation, the three main concepts of the "International Year of Rapprochement."