Obituary for Karl Schlamminger
By Sussan Babaie and Avinoam Shalem
Karl Schlamminger, German artist and teacher, best known for his logo design for the Aga Khan Award in Architecture and his work on the interior of the Ismaili Centre in London passed away on 9 December 2017 in Munich. He was 82 years old.
Schlamminger was an internationally known sculptor whose monumental designs range from the Fountain sculpture for the German Embassy in Riyadh (1987), to his “Time Piece” or Clock Tower, a feature of Moshe Safdie’s design for the Harvard Business School, in Cambridge, Massachusetts (1992), to his collaborative “Island in Time” earth sculpture at the Franz Joseph Strauss Airport, Munich (1993-95), visible to travelers as airplanes approach the airport.
For many of us, Schlamminger is best known for his elegant graphic design of the logo for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture with which Allah, the name of God in Arabic, is rendered in rectangular Kufic script, repeated four times to create an interlocking central diamond pattern.