Culture Counts: UNESCO poster competition

Competition Details

The Colors of Harmony

by Maral Minassian


Through various elements, each representing a unique culture, this poster strives to illustrate the coming together of people from different backgrounds. The harmonious coexistence of these cultures is highlighted through a natural fitting of the various elements, just as the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle fit together to showcase a beautiful underlying image. Notice, for example, how the raised leg of the Indian dancer fits together with the feathered Austrian hat, or how the American Indian dream catcher sits softly on the camel's neck and back. The poster contains several other examples, some subtle, some more pronounced, all intended to showcase the harmonious coexistence of cultures in the year 2010. Finally, the poster ties all these elements together through two ribbons painted with the colors of the different human races. These ribbons wrap their way through the various elements of the poster to emphasize the cultural rapprochement. When put all together, this natural fitting of the elements and the colorful ribbons that run through them reveal a harmonious outcome that is a pleasure to look at and explore, just as the beneficial effects that spring up from the coming together of cultures result in a productive synergy greater than the sum of its parts.