Digital Design Professor Naomi Kasumi and a team of students are creating a public art project for the Liberty Children’s Home in Ladyville Village, Belize. Prepared in collaboration with Seattle University Professionals Without Borders, the art will be installed on site in mid-March with an opening celebration on March 25, 2017. Seattle University students participating on the project are Digital Design seniors Amanda Rusch and MacKenzie Nicholson, Digital Design sophomore Neil Griffith, and senior Zodie Waxman, Film Studies.
Liberty Children’s Home, a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization, serves children who are abused, abandoned, neglected, or have special needs. The home is comprised of five, concrete, dome-shaped buildings designed for protection against hurricanes. The art will be installed in the building where the community gathers for public events and where the children eat and play.
“When I visited the children’s home last year to assess the project, the sound in the concrete building was almost unbearable,” she said. “My challenge was to decrease the rate of sound traveling by creating an artistic sound-proofing project that is both a sanctuary for the children and appeals to the community.”
Kasumi’s design is based on a “Mayan hieroglyph motif that reflects the children’s heritage and connects to their land, culture and history.” For the past few months, she and her team of students have been building the more than 100 forms that make up the project and will be shipped to Belize. Kasumi and her students will install the project on site and be present for the opening dedication on March 25, 2017.
The Liberty Children’s Home project was made possible by support from Professionals Without Borders and the College of Arts and Sciences.