Mark W. Canada, A.I.A., Architect

The International Mother's Hall of Fame - Institutional Project

IMHOF was a concept brought to our firm by a client hoping to realize his dream of commemorating mothers. No commercially viable realization of this concept was possible until a building program, conceptual design and feasibility package was commissioned by the client. Our work helped the concept progress and take on a form and identity. A combination of landscape architecture, sculpture and architecture, the firm of Canada + Associates, Architecture gave poetic grace to a client’s dream.

What follows is a collection of images...an illusion to possibilities. The point of departure is a metaphoric reading of events, which we all recall, made manifest through suggestions of space and form.

It should be the belief of all those concerned that the responsibility of respect lies firmly upon us, that the desire to impart meaning of the most profound nature is our goal.

From the moment of conception to that of mortality- the mother's presence forms, develops, challenges and nurtures our lives. To her tireless sacrifice we owe homage. To honor her is a privilege for us and no less than a greatly deserved gift for her.

There is no choice but to choose the path of remembering over that of forgetting – and to this endeavor we set ourselves to task. [+]

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This project was joint ventured with Sophos Design and Development Associates.

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Homage & Metaphor

"From the moment of conception to that of mortality- the mother's presence forms, develops, challenges and nurtures our lives. To her tireless sacrifice we owe homage. To honor her is a privilege for us and no less than a greatly deserved gift for her."

Debra Hauptman
Sophos Design

 

Painting Whistler's Mother
Whistler's Mother

Whistler's Mother

Arrangement in Grey and Black: The Artist's Mother, famous under its colloquial name Whistler's Mother, is an 1871 oil-on-canvas painting by James McNeill Whistler. The painting is 56.81 x 63.94 in. (144.3 x 162.4 cm), displayed in a frame of Whistler's own design, and is now owned by the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. It occasionally tours worldwide. Although an icon of American art, it rarely appears in the United States, having toured in 1932-1934, appeared at the National Gallery of Art in 1994 and the Detroit Institute of Arts in 2004.

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