|"TULLAMORE COURTHOUSE 2006 MAQUETTE " by
Stage 2 Per Cent for Art Commission, March 2006
48cm/19" wide x 43cm/17"deep x 32cm/12.5" tall (1:10 scale final piece)
The feather is cast bronze, the base is limestone with the image sandblasted into its surface, and the curving rear wall is fiberglass reinforced white concrete.
"The sculpture will consist of a bronze cast element (a large feather) leaning against a large boulder, located on the limestone plinth area. The limestone will have a bush-hammer finish which incorporates & creates a line drawing image, also visible from within the courthouse extension. The bush-hammer finish will cover the majority of the stone, the thin areas left smooth will make up the line drawing of the image. These elements together form a composition, wherein an overall idea and theme of the contrasting concepts of ancient and modern justice is expressed.
The underlying image combines a fingerprint (evidence) with one side of a balance beam weighing scale, traditionally associated with the scales of justice. The ancient image of the scale balances against the modern image of the finger print, made ubiquitous through film & television courtroom dramas.
The oversized feather is reminiscent of the Egyptian Book of the Dead, wherein the soul was judged by weighing it against a feather to test for purity. The feather is also representative of the quill used to write so many acts of law passed on to our modern courts.
Public sculpture should be approachable, with elements of whimsy, humour, and a variety of interesting features. This composition, with its oversize feather & image, allows the viewer to step inside the work. It will encourage interaction; a natural impulse will be to sit on the feather or lean against the boulder. The view of the image from the second floor of the courthouse extension will allow for further contemplation of the work."