Woven optical fiber, Sound, LED Illuminators / 46'(l) x 5’-5”(w)
Installed at the entrance hall of a College of Social Justice, the pulsing light is programmed to the sounds of the Hudson River, which is punctuated by a phrase “We are not satisfied and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream” from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s 1963 "I have a Dream" speech. Physically and metaphorically, the intense blue light cascades down like a “mighty stream” provoking both historical and current perspectives on social justice.
Architectuallo create a work at the entrance hall of a College of Social Justice,
Architecturally and conceptually it was important to create a work that would promote the mission of the college in the field of social justice. In the attached demonstration video, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s voice from his 1963 "I have a Dream" speech is heard and captured as a pulsation of light, but in the actual space, his voice is not emitted and expressed only in a form of pulsation of light because justice is illusive and we still have to work all together to make the justice transparent.
In riveting abstract form, and with topically meaningful allusions, Transcendence of Justice expresses the power of King’s words and vision extremely well. The waterfall plays out over the space with an elegant simplicity. It is difficult to build a monument in honor of a great leader that does not literalize his or her history and consequently limit the frame of reference. But Nagasawa refused to literalize, creating instead a visual metaphor that also refers directly to King’s powerful oratory. Excerpt of an essay by Jonathan Goodman in Sculpture magazine, September 2015.
Transcendence of Justice
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