Bordo Bello: A Success in the Big Apple

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.



By AIGA Colorado
Published May 23, 2013
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