The artwork for the Kirkland Justice Center, Blind Justice, draws inspiration from the Founding Fathers and the principle that our judicial system is intended to be balanced and neutral. The piece references this concept through employing the metaphor of the eye chart as a neutral visual devise through which our eyesight is evaluated. The letters, exerted from the Constitution's Preamble, float over a topographic map of Kirkland within the region. The artwork measures 12'h x 10'w and is two layers of float glass that have been etched and airbrushed with vitreous enamels and then fired.
The intention was to create an artwork integrated into the Municipal Court Entry that met all security and safety requirements while at the same time spoke to the mission and purpose of the judicial system.
Ellen worked with the building architect to ensure that the glass conformed with the already designed mullion system and met all safety and security requirements. She worked with the master craftsmen at Franz Mayer of Munich to translate the design to glass.
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