Festival of the Trees 2023 DESIGN STATEMENT:
With a legacy of 35 years, the Festival of Trees is an annual fundraising event for FIU’s Interior Architecture students and programs. Each year, Festival of the Trees sponsors underwrite designers who design and build their unique holiday creations and donate the art pieces to the fundraising event. The “trees” are set on display at the gala opening and at the end of the evening the attendees are provided with the opportunity to make a donation to obtain and claim a beautiful holiday tree with them. The theme for this year’s tree is “The Future of Space.” With the launch of James Webb Space Telescope that can peer into the deepest depths of the cosmos, and initiatives from companies such as SpaceX that have accelerated space transportation, how do we as designers envision the future of space? For FOT 2023, designers are challenged to create trees that inspire our imagination of space exploration, our dreams of future space habitats and ultimately, define our existential place in the universe.