JUANJO NOVELLA Wins International CODAawards Merit Award

NATURE SPREADS (2022) Tainan Convention Center - Tainan Taiwan, Juanjo Novella
NATURE SPREADS (2022) Tainan Convention Center - Tainan Taiwan, Juanjo Novella


Wins International CODAawards Merit Award

MADISON, WI, September 1, 2022 – When artists, designers, industry resources, and clients work together, common places are transformed into spectacular spaces. CODAworx, the hub of the commissioned art economy, has once again partnered with Interior Design magazine to announce the winners of the eighth annual international CODAawards: Collaboration of Design + Art. The CODA awards recognize collaborations that result in outstanding projects which successfully integrate commissioned art into interior, architectural, or public spaces.
TAINAN SEA GATE & NATURE SPREADS public art project received Merit honors in the category of – INSTITUTIONAL ART-

The project features:

Tainan city, the tree house, seduces us because it speaks to us in an intimate way, also as a human group, we all feel affected by its message. This message, today more than ever, becomes urgent, a call for help but also for hope in ecological terms.
We like the tree house so much because deeply it gives us hope and confirms our certainty: NATURE ALWAYS RECOVERS ITS SPACE.
Trees, an ecological symbol of great power, with their branches, roots, with their whole being, colonize an abandoned house. It is a symbol of great beauty, the result moves us and makes us feel and think. You there feel affected. The house is the symbol of man, his armor his refuge and his work. The house is the testimony of the presence of the human being.
When Novella considered creating a sculpture project for Tainan, he couldn’t ignore this powerful reference, both visual and conceptual.


Symbolize Anping Tree House with an effective artwork.
Counterpoint with the building and dialogue with the environment.
Create noble access to Tainan Convention Center.
Public proximity.
Create identity.
Ecological sense.
“The CODAawards recognize the importance of collaboration, and honor the design and art professionals whose collective imaginations create the public and private spaces that inspire us,” said Toni Sikes, CEO of CODAworx.
In its tenth year, the CODAawards received 406 entries from 27 different countries around the globe, representing over $94 million USD in commissions. Merit winning projects were found as far as from Germany to Baton Rouge, from El Paso to Taiwan. The merit winners exemplify the best of what can happen when artists and design professionals collaborate to create artful spaces in our built environment.
An esteemed panel of 18 jurors from the design, architecture, and art worlds judged the submissions. Jury members included Jorge Arango, Design Writer, Editor, Stylist; Clodagh, CEO and Founder of Clodagh Design International; Jeremy Crandell, Project Manager, UAP; Jamie Draek, Co-founder, Drake/Anderson; Jessica-Christin Hametner, Editor in Chief, ICON Magazine; Gisue Hariri, Principal Creative Director, Hariri & Hariri Architecture; Malcolm Holzman, Partner, Steinberg Hart; Guy Kemper, Architectural Glass Artist; Debra Lehman Smith, Founding Partner, LSM; Patrick Marold, Artist/Owner, Patrick Marold Studios Inc; Emre Onur, Chefredakteur, LICHT; Glenn Pushelberg, Yabu Pushelberg; Lauren Rottet, President, Rottet Studio; Carl Thoma, Managing Partner and Founder, Thoma Bravo Private Equity; Barbara Tober, Chair, Museum of Arts & Design; Kevin Walz, Principal, Walzworkinc; Catherine Widgery, Artist, Widgery Studio. The jury selected winners in each of the eleven design categories. Their Top 100 selections were then exhibited online in early summer, where the public was invited to vote for their favorites.
The CODAawards will be covered in the November 2022 online issue of Interior Design magazine and on CODAworx.com, and through eight design + art partner organizations, reaching the largest, most qualified audience of design and art professionals in the world.

Press Contact:

Jenifer Wetterau, Public Relations Manager 608-467-3040 jeni@codaworx.com
View the project here: TAINAN SEA GATE & NATURE SPREADS

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