Culture Counts: UNESCO poster competition

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by zaza zissou


This picture tells us “the world of earth’s neighbours”. Each culture is represented by an island, where people can get ashore so as to discover the island’s culture. Each island shows the elements of a local specific culture which combine with universal elements, thus suggesting a mixing of cultures.
In this “world of earth’s neighbours”, we can see Japanese traditional houses, tall buildings (either American or coming from the business district of the metropolis), a traditional junk (probably Indonesian or Chinese), an Indian palace (maybe the Taj Mahal or some other), an Inca temple (from Mexico or Peru), cultivated fields and a blue-roofed mosque (from Turkey or a neighbouring country), traditional African huts, housing estates from the Western world, a volcanic island...
This picture points out the cultural diversity of the world, through the drawing of some cultures chosen in a subjective way.
Overlooking totems elements suggest the beauty of the islands in their loveliest attires which are assets against the backdrop of the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures.
On every island, there is a totem element, a mouth which suggests communication between the neighbouring islands. The vegetation of the island is symbolised by a universal shape, a hand which shows their desire to get closer.
Another totem element, an arm soars up into the sky, in most of the islands. All these arms meet up and create a rainbow.
All these actions make up a wonderful event. The rainbow symbolizes the successful association of various cultures.
In this picture, the communication elements between islands are present: boats, hot air balloons and planes.
Our world is small and we are all neighbours. The “world of earth’s neighbours” is like a big international neighbour’s party.