Bordo Bello: A Success in the Big Apple

Written by
AIGA Colorado
May 23, 2013

After a few rain storms cleared New York City’s spring air, AIGA’s National Design Center opened its doors to Bordo Bello. This event pre­sented the rare chance to see an array of skate­board artistry from stu­dents, pro­fes­sional design­ers, and nation­ally rec­og­nized names in design and street art.

AIGA Colorado was asked to bring Bordo Bello to NYC to show­case the past five years of the event’s suc­cess. We ended up bring­ing 60+ decks from pre­vi­ous shows, and asked 30 artists to cre­ate new decks for this year’s event.

The night kicked off with guests lov­ing the large shadow box win­dow dis­play built by Hari Panciker and Deepti Nair. This instal­la­tion was 6′ x 6′ in size and had mul­ti­ple lay­ers of cut paper por­tray­ing the con­ver­gence of NYC and Denver to make this event pos­si­ble. Big ups to Mohawk Paper for hook­ing us up with supplies!

As the night con­tin­ued, atten­dance picked up and our stock of Colorado craft beer was a big hit. People also enjoyed the super-sized book install­ment fea­tur­ing all the other skate decks we couldn’t bring along. Last but not least, we had some heavy hit­ters roll through the TechDeck skatepark.

In true Bordo Bello fash­ion, we ran out of beer and our vol­un­teers made a beer run to keep our 300 vis­i­tors hydrated. It was won­der­ful to see Bordo Bello artists from all over the nation come out to see their work on dis­play, as well as the many mem­bers from AIGA NY.

The night ended with two bid­ding wars over Dana Tanamachi and James Victore’s decks. All the pro­ceeds from this event will be going toward the men­tor­ship pro­grams in AIGA chap­ters across the country.

Thanks to every­one who came out and to all of those who helped! This was such a great effort from AIGA Colorado, AIGA NY, and AIGA’s national office to inspire cre­ative com­mu­ni­ties everywhere.

The exhibit is on dis­play now through July 3, 2013 at the AIGA National Design Center, 144 Fifth Ave, New York, NY, 10010.



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