Substance Architecture


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.


Grand Award, 2018
Masonry Institute of Iowa

Craft Award, 2018
AIA Iowa


Iowa Architect, Fall 2018

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