It’s not clear when the centre will be finished, however the contracts have been signed. A well-known institution, The Shelburne Museum has recently unveiled its plans to build a $12.6m art centre especially dedicated to the Indigenous community. Built to represent over eighty unique North American tribes, bands, and peoples, the building is to be encapsulated by award-winning architect David Adjaye.
Carrying the name of a long-term resident of Vermont and a notable benefactor to the museum, the Tony Perry Centre for Native American Art will be a permanent home to a growing and rich collection of gifted and professionally purchased pieces. In the spirit of the culture, the building is to be made completely sustainably with as many renewable products as possible. The iconic interpretations of various woods and stones will be taken into proper consideration when defining the shape, structure, and positioning of the building. A keen eye for detail will ensure the Indigenous people of North America will have a building they can tell stories about.
Born in Ghana, a long way from the skyscrapers of the United States, David Adjaye has already established himself as a virtuous designer of modern buildings. His outsider’s touch has enabled him to build fantastic yet practical monuments to modern living. Recently working in Washington DC, Adjaye was enlisted to design the National Museum of American History and Culture. Indeed, David Adjaye is a busy man, as he’s been head-hunted to expand the Studio Museum in Harlem and the International Financial Corporation Headquarters in Dakar.
We are sure it’s no problem at all to have so many projects on the go at once and that each one can be surpassed with exceptional quality. The people of the North American Indigenous Community surely deserve plenty more spaces dedicated to their masters, what’s in a Picasso that isn’t in a work from an equally as enlightened Native American?
Via Art Forum
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