Jan 13, 2024




Sculpture & Architecture Park

The triumvirate columnar order—Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian—stand as foundational design artifacts. In a glaring example of architectural erasure, African-produced (specifically Egyptian) column designs that predate the ancient Greek trio remain underrecognized contributions to these histories from the African Diaspora. The influential forces that promoted this erasure and the collateral damages caused by this non-chronological timeline are still being discovered.

Identity Column is one in a series of three new works titled Columnar Dis-orders designed by Germane Barnes. Migration, Labor, and Identity are the new trinity that do not obey traditional columnar design rules, rivaling Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian orders. Each of the three designs illuminates historical narratives by collapsing architecture, archeology, and anthropological disciplines into traditional sculptures. Inspired by typical African hairstyles such as cornrows, box braids, and dreadlocks, Identity Column celebrates Black hair, Black form, and Black joy. Identity Column, sculpted from a single block of black marble through digital and hand procedures, is a full-scale representation of Diasporic lineage, culture, and materiality.

Germane Barnes

Studio Barnes
Gabriel Jean-Paul Soomar
George William Elliot
Noelle Davis
Kevan Washington
Sacha Aina Braggz
Andrea Martinez
Christopher Stinson
Offtop Design

Technical Collaborators:
Quarra Stone Company, LLC

With Additional Support of:
Nina Johnson
University of Miami School of Architecture
Community Housing Identity Lab
Creative Capital
Harvard Graduate School of Design