Federico Muelas' piece 'Blue Flower' on UNM's George Pearl Hall.
Federico Muelas' piece 'Blue Flower' on UNM's George Pearl Hall.
"Blue Flower," the art piece that faces Central Ave. on George Pearl Hall, is up for award consideration by the Collaboration of Design + Art (CoD+A) people's choice awards. It is the distinctive white display wall that features drops of blue ink expanding in clear water on the 900 sq. ft. custom made LCD screen.

to vote for "Blue Flower."

Federico Muelas is the artist who was commissioned by the New Mexico arts agency to create a permanent public art installation for George Pearl Hall, home to the University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning and Fine Arts and Design Library.

Muelas writes, "It was four years in the making, included more than 30 collaborators from all over the world and required more than 8,000 hours of work. 'Blue Flower' was also recently selected by American for the Arts as one of the Top 50 Public Arts projects of the year."

Among Muelas' collaborators is the architect of Pearl Hall, Antoine Predock.

CoD+A awards were established to celebrate design projects that demonstrate successful integration of commissioned art into an interior or architectural space. The awards recognize the importance of collaboration, and honor the design and art professions whose imaginations create the public and private spaces that inspire us.

The CoD+A awards are open to submissions from all individuals in the collaborative process of creating interior and architectural spaces — interior designers, architects, art consultants, artists and clients.

Media Contact: Carolyn Gonzales (505) 277-5920; email: cgonzal@unm.edu