Client: TRAVIS COUNTY CIVIL & FAMILY COURT
Location: AUSTIN, TX, United States
Completion date: 2022
Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya (AKIRASH)
ARTWITHAKIRASH STUDIO LLC
HOPE OUTDOOR GALLERY
Hopes to create dialogue about unity and foster confidence in our justice system, as well as providing shade, color, and sound to soothe the mind and body.
Inspired by both palm trees and traditional African and Asian roofing architecture, the sculpture takes the shape of an umbrella as a form of refuge, shelter, and protection. Purple evokes an UPLIFTING spirit, emotional state of mind, balances cool and warm and gives a sense of FREEDOM. Silver is symbolic of purity, strength, clarity, focus, and feminine energy.
The patterns of abstract human figures carved throughout the piece represent our community, creating dynamic shadows as the sun moves throughout the day and are lit from within at night. The little abstract figures hanging from the canopy jingle to create music as the breeze blows.
This piece serves as a colorful refuge for those seeking a respite from their day. Stop, rest, look, listen and breathe, even if just for a moment..
The sculpture is installed at the plaza of Travis County Civil & Family Facility in Austin Texas.
Our justices system has crack . People don't believe in rules and law anymore. the jsutice is not deliver as equall is all about whom you know and your status determind what jsutice you are giving or you get.
These sculpture is to creates, return hope into the jsutices system .
Artist : Olaniyi R. Akindiya AKIRASH
Company: ArtWithAkirash Studio LLC
Conmmissioned : Travis County Civil & Family Court Austin Texas
Project Curator : Liz Whitington
Fabricating company: Loose Cannon
My work focuses on time, fleeting moments that can be easily forgotten or transformed. Reflecting on rural versus urban life, the accelerated pace of development and infrastructure, my visual and performative activities weave in and around trauma and social subjectivities like identity, immigration, justice, gun violence, race, history and religion, integrating components that break down conventional barriers.