This coming Friday, April 22, 2022, the Helms Design Center will open an exhibit focused on James Hubbell’s architectural work shown for the first time in L.A. at an exhibition opening on Earth Day. The installation brings to life Ilan-Lael, his Pacific Rim Park and schools in Tijuana, his chapel at Sea Ranch as well as stunning doors, windows and other decorative building elements, including his extraordinary stained glass window for Findhorn, the spiritual retreat in Scotland.
James Hubbell is a painter, sculptor and architectural designer who has spent 60 years designing and making buildings, artifacts and fine artworks that reflect a deep passion for the ocean and for earth’s gifts. From Ilan Lael, his self-made home, workshops and foundation in Julian near San Diego, Hubbell has created schools in concert with the community in Tijuana, an organic chapel at Sea Ranch, and parks that span the cultures of the Pacific Rim.
Hubbell’s vision is the antithesis of rational and industrial. “Most important is my infatuation with nature,” he says. “There is also my love of the primitive and naive, gothic architecture, the arts and craft movement, Frank Lloyd Wright, Gaudi, and the pleasure of working with the material of stone, wood, cement, clay, metal, glass, and mosaics.”
The opening will take place at the Helms Design Center, at 8745 Washington Boulevard, 90232, from noon until 5 pm.
Photo: Firebird Window, Findhorn
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