Hosted by The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF).
This past summer, in the midst of a global pandemic where wearing a mask became a part of daily routines, Landscape Architects and other design professionals were given blank white masks to design for a silent auction called Masks for Unity, hosted by The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF).
Benefits from the auction would go to educational and advocacy initiatives for TCLF whose mission is to "connect people to places." For each mask created, one would be donated to essential workers and to the community of Charlottesville, North Carolina, through MASK UP, a mask drive launched by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women of the Charlottesville Metropolitan Area to help supply masks to the Black community.
The Cultural Landscape Foundation is a non-profit organization that states they educate and engage the public to make our shared landscape heritage more visible, identify its value, and empower its stewards.
President and CEO of the foundation, Charles A. Birnbaum, said, "We hope that these masks - whether through humor or solemnity - provide a common, unifying bond during this challenging period of great turmoil." Quoting Landscape Architect Ken Smith of Ken Smith Workshop, Birnbaum said, "Socially distant doesn't mean anti-social."
Tiffany Beamer, OLIN
Mia Lehrer, Studio-MLA, and Michael Lehrer and Edan Kadribegovic, Lehrer Architects LA
Kofi Boone, North Carolina State College of Design Phoebe Lickwar, FORGE Landscape Architecture
Pamela Burton, Pamela Burton & Company, and Richard Hertz
Joeb Moore, Joeb Moore & Partners
As seen in LASN magazine, December 2020.