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Hall of Fame Museum insult

Published:Tuesday | January 29, 2013

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I have noticed that a new international competition for a reggae poster is being launched for the second time this year.

This is an initiative of Jamaica- born Michael Thompson, now residing in the United States, and Maria Papaefstathiou, his Greek business partner.

This is a great initiative that started last year, when it had a record of 1,142 entries from all over the world. The winner was a young Israeli artist, named Alon Braier. An exhibition was held at the National Gallery, and we could see those entries from all over the world, even from countries that we could not have thought that reggae was so popular there.

While I applaud this initiative, I am deeply disturbed by the stated intention of the promoters to establish a Reggae Hall of Fame Museum and Performance Centre in Jamaica, designed by Mr Frank Gehry, a renowned US architect.

What a way of insulting Jamaican professionals! Don't we have here the accomplished architects and related professionals, capable of designing this proposed hall of fame, to demonstrate and celebrate Jamaican talent?

As a Jamaican professional, I feel deeply offended, and I find that the promoters' good intentions are somehow misdirected.

LOUISE MCLEOD

Past President

Jamaican Institute of Architects