Aragón Honored for Installation at Rose Kennedy Greenway

Carolina Aragón with
Carolina Aragón with "High Tide"

Carolina Aragón, assistant professor of landscape architecture, was recognized Aug. 28 by the International CODAawards for her installation on Boston’s Rose Kennedy Greenway, “High Tide.”

The project was given a Merit Award in the landscape category.

“I am very honored to receive this recognition from among a pool of highly talented artists working around the world. It makes me happy to have ‘High Tide’ reach a wider audience beyond its original installation in Boston and bring attention to the important work that artists are doing to engage communities in issues of climate change,” Aragón said.

“The CODAawards recognize the importance of collaboration, and honor the design and art professionals whose collective imaginations create the public and private spaces that inspire us,” said Toni Sikes, CEO of CODAworx, a company that connects members of the commissioned art community. The annual international competition, now in its sixth year, is sponsored jointly by CODAworx and Interior Design magazine. This year the competition received 426 entries from 30 countries. The entries represented more than $97 million in commissions.

“High Tide” was commissioned by the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy. The project is an abstract interpretation of a marsh during high tide, where the water is represented through kinetic circles that reflect different colored light. The marsh serves as a tool for visualizing an imaginary flood line, inviting the public to reflect on Boston’s historical marsh landscape and future flooding due to climate change.

A panel of 18 jurors from the design, architecture and art worlds judged the submissions. The jury selected winners in 10 design categories. Their Top 100 selections were then exhibited online in early summer, and the public was invited to vote for their favorites.

The merit winners exemplify what the organizers describe as “the best of what can happen when artists and design professionals collaborate to create artful spaces in our built environment.”

Merit winning projects were found from Japan to Fort Lauderdale and from San Francisco to Poland.