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Virtual Technology and Design Professor Displays Artwork on Sustainability at World's Largest Design Exhibition

September 12, 2018

John Anderson, program head and associate professor of Virtual Technology and Design in the College of Art and Architecture, was one of 50 designers across the globe honored at Venice Design 2018, the world's largest design exhibition.

Anderson's invitation came in recognition of his 20-plus years as a successful researcher and designer. His artwork on exhibit is a sculpture that incorporates lead weights topped with silver to create two images — one of Lake Coeur d'Alene and another of the region's sacred Cutthroat trout. Heavy metal contaminated sediment from the region's industrial activity was deposited in Lake Coeur d'Alene over the course of a century. Anderson's sculpture is an abstraction of research resulting from a $20 million National Science Foundation grant (NSF-1301792) to study Idaho's water quality and the social-ecological system (SES) impacts of this activity.

As a designer, Anderson supports the sustainable management of SES systems in communities across the state. His sculpture will be on display through November.

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