Dream Building (for Birmingham)

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"Dream Building (for Birmingham)" is a multimedia sculpture by William Christenberry.

The sculpture depicts an imaginary structure in the form of a square tower or obelisk with a steep, pyramidal top. Around the lower half of the structure is a "porch" of tall rods supporting a wraparound hipped roof. The tower sits on a plinth filled with red clay soil from Alabama. A branch with several miniature gourds, drilled like martin houses, leans against one side of the porch roof. The exterior of the wood structure is painted white and stained with red clay.

It was commissioned by Bill Harbert for the lobby of the Concord Center in downtown Birmingham. In 2009 Harbert donated it to the Birmingham Museum of Art in memory of his wife, Joy.


  • Morris, Philip (Fall 2002) "Design Makes a Difference" Design Alabama. Vol. 12, No. 2, p. 12
  • Dugan, Kelly M. (November 6, 2005) "Donor business puts art in its high-rise HQ." Birmingham Business Journal

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