The Dick Stanley Request

The Dick Stanley Request is the design for a JP Morgan Chase bank branch overlooking the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico. On March 1st, 2015 at 7:01pm, the artist Jamie Diamond received an email from Mr. Dick Stanley, incorrectly assuming she was Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JP Morgan Chase, asking why there were no Chase Banks in Albuquerque. In response to his email, she decided to enlist a group of international architects to design a Chase Bank branch in Albuquerque, as requested. This request caused us to question the future of banking and the fate of bank branches in our near future. With the promise of blockchain technology, cryptocurrency and more specifically, the non-fungible token (NFT), we acknowledged a vision of the future of banking where large institutional players were no longer essential for people to operate financially. In this vision, the bank branch is obsolete. Our bank branch takes cues from Prada Marfa, the permanent sculptural art installation by artists Elmgreen and Dragset, located along U.S. Route 90 in Jeff Davis County, Texas, which resembles a Prada boutique. The Prada Marfa installation, however, does not allow access or perform any commerce. In a similar manner, our bank branch is inaccessible and empty. Perched on a concrete slab-on-grade, four laminated glass walls support a cross-laminated timber roof which in turn supports a four-sided LED screen hiding solar panels which generate all of the required power. The sign is emblazoned with a modified JP Morgan Chase bank logo to evoke its evolution to the cryptosphere. The final work will be sold as an NFT.