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Capturing An Artist's Vision: A Monumental Journey

Des Moines, Iowa

substance worked with celebrated artist Kerry James Marshall who created A Monumental Journey, inspired by the shape of African talking drums. The purpose is to preserve the legacy of African-American lawyers who, in 1925, founded and incorporated the National Bar Association, fully dedicated to civil rights, justice, and equality in the legal system. With the concept of one drum-form precariously stacked upon the other, the artist has created a powerful physical and poetic expression. The large-scale sculpture embodies the notion of communication among diverse peoples and a legal system that-though not perfect-strives to be balanced. It stands 30-feet high and is constructed of Manganese Black brick.

awards

Impact Award, 2019
AIA Iowa

Grand Award, 2018
Masonry Institute of Iowa

Craft Award, 2018
AIA Iowa

publications

Iowa Architect, Fall 2018

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