Now showing at the Art Institute of Chicago until January 3, 2016, the Making Place: The Architecture of David Adjaye exhibition evokes soul-stirring feelings, jaw-dropping surprise and wonder spurring you to utter “awe” and “wow.” It’s survey exhibition on the works of a genius architect who has international acclaim showcases scaled models of dreamy dwellings, luxury shops, museums and libraries, simply put, they are architectural prizes.
Meeting David Adjaye, the Ghanaian-British architect who designed the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, DC., was a powerful experience.
Bones and Soul of a Blueprint
The exhibit is a testament of his brilliance and achievement. From his brain to the pencil onto the sketchpad are masterpieces that are birthed for all to enjoy. Whether you peruse the models of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, the two public libraries in D.C., Sugar Hill housing project in Harlem, or several of his private residences he designed, you experience the bones, i.e., the architect’s footprint.
The architect stirs souls through the art and science of building. A visual artist stirs souls when he communes with nature. Both inspire nations and public perception with their creativity and vision. The undertaking is equivalent to a spiritual journey that is the recipe for a feast that all can consume.
Adjaye’s master plans and urban planning, transnational architecture, monuments and memorials are the bones of David Adjaye: Form, Heft, Material (the book) and should be gifted to people you know with a desire to see hope built in a world by someone who has a spiritual connection to culture and humankind.