AWDC Launches Design Competition for Antwerp Diamond Landmark

World News
21/04/2016 14:03

The Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) has issued a Request For Proposal (RFP) for a "Landmark to increase visibility of Antwerp's diamond industry". The press release reads, "The City of Antwerp and the diamond industry have been inextricably linked for more than 550 years. To celebrate this unique connection, from late 2017 to early 2018 the City will be organizing a diamond year - “Antwerp, shaping the Diamond Story” - that will highlight all aspects of the industry with numerous events. On the occasion of this festive period, the Antwerp diamond industry will unveil a landmark that symbolizes all aspects of the diamond industry. For while Antwerp is home to the largest and most important diamond trade center in the world, little evidence of this can be seen around Antwerp. AWDC, with the support of the City of Antwerp, intends to create a work of art that will fill this gap and provide the Antwerp diamond district the permanent and prominent visibility the industry deserves."

AWDC is extending this RFP to all design agencies and artists, asking them to develop a creative concept for this landmark. The artwork should visualize all apects of the diamond industry - economic, historical, cultural, etc. - and must have a clear and positive connection with the trade center and its product. It shold also communicate the fascinating 550-year history of Antwerp as the capital of the diamond trade. The deadline for proposals is August 31, 2016 and the winning design will be announced on September 30. The landmark will be officially inaugurated in September 2017.

The Request For Proposal is included in annex.