This installation was created in four months with $87,000, which included all research, design, fabrication, and installation. Both the design and the fabrication of the exhibit reflect the client’s modest purpose. Although the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is not well understood in this country, millions around the world know the United States only from the bold shield emblazoned on a life-saving relief shipment tumbling from a truck. USAID’s earnest spirit was evident nowhere in the opulent new Reagan Building , of which USAID was the first major tenant. Therefore, the exhibit took on the appearance of a humanitarian shipment, and was built from the most battered old shipping crates that could be found in the fabricator’s warehouse. The five main modules take the form of large letters, together forming an acrostic. Each letter from the acronym USAID is assigned to head a new topic sentence (for example, “Understanding the History of USAID” or “Assistance Both Public and Private”).
Jonathan Alger (Principal in Charge), Nina Katchadourian
Chermayeff & Geismar