When an architect gets tattoos, the public reacts
By JOHN GRAHAM and JOHN DICKSON, Associated PressAUSTIN, Texas (AP) An architect who got a tattoo on his arm to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the U.S. colonial revolution has found a new way to express his passion for the land: design a building that can live up to its name.
John Taggart, of Austin, Texas, received the tattoo in a ceremony at the Uptown Plaza Hotel last month.
The design of the building, the only one of its kind in the country, was inspired by the work of the 18th-century architect Charles Evans Hughes, who built a large warehouse on the site of a slaveholding family in 1790.
“We just wanted to do something unique and to put the name and the history of slavery in the context of our building,” Taggard said.
The building has a three-story, glass-enclosed building that features an arched roof and a glass facade.
It also has an entryway that is made of red brick and features an engraved message from Hughes: “A man can dream, and a man can build.”
Taggard has not yet decided what the building will look like.
But he said it could be a memorial to the people of the area who died in the 1790s.
He plans to use the building as a place of worship and is planning to turn the building into a museum.
The artist also hopes to create a space for people to learn more about the history and culture of the region, as well as the impact of slavery.
“If we can make the building a place where people can learn more, it’ll be very important,” Tiggart said.
“I’m not trying to build something that’s gonna become a museum or something that people can go back to.
I’m just trying to do this for myself and my family.”